Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Overview of Headache Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Timothy J. Steiner, Paolo Martelletti
      Pages 3-14
  3. Headache Disorders and Public Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Lars Jacob Stovner, Redda Tekle Haimanot
      Pages 17-35
    3. Lars Jacob Stovner, Luiz Paulo Queiroz
      Pages 37-44
    4. Francesco Saverio Mennini, Lara Gitto, Andrea Marcellusi, Fumihiko Sakai, Ichiro Arakawa
      Pages 45-58
    5. Timothy J. Steiner, Fabio Antonaci, Luiz Paulo Queiroz, Sara Van Belle
      Pages 59-67
    6. Michele Peters, Crispin Jenkinson, Suraj Perera, Elizabeth W. Loder, Timothy J. Steiner
      Pages 69-79
  4. The Causes of Headache

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Pasquale Montagna, Boukje DeVries, Markus Schürks, Joost Haan, Gisela M. Terwindt
      Pages 83-106
    3. Werner John Becker, Allison McLean, K. Ravishankar
      Pages 107-120
    4. E. Anne MacGregor, Astrid Gendolla
      Pages 121-135
    5. Markus Schürks, Dawn C. Buse, Shuu-Jiun Wang
      Pages 137-153
  5. Correct and Timely Headache Diagnosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Morris Levin, Jes Olesen
      Pages 157-179
    3. E. Anne MacGregor, K. Ravishankar, David Dodick
      Pages 181-196
    4. Vera Osipova, Rigmor Jensen, Cristina Tassorelli
      Pages 197-209
    5. Maurice B. Vincent
      Pages 211-225
  6. Migraine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227

About this book


Headache disorders are one of the most common disorders of the nervous system. They are pandemic and, in many cases, they can be recurrent and can accompany the patient for the whole life. These disorders impose a substantial burden on headache sufferers, on their families and on society itself; the individual impact is measured by the frequency and severity of attacks, while the societal burden is measured in terms of loss of activity at work or school, as well as of costs for the national health systems. As a matter of facts, headaches are in the top ten -  and possibly in the top five -  causes of disability worldwide: they are therefore extraordinarily common.

Population-based studies have so far mostly focused on migraine, which, even if most frequently studied , is not the most common headache disorder. Other types of headache, such as the more prevalent TTH and sub-typesof the more disabling chronic daily headache, have for the moment received less attention and need to be better investigated.    

This book will provide a useful tool to a wide medical population, who is required  specific skills to diagnose and manage these frequent and often disabling disorders. Furthermore, for medical students it could also represents a compendium focused on a topich to which they are usually introduced through multidisciplinary university programs.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paolo Martelletti
    • 1
  • Timothy J. Steiner
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medical and Molecular SciencesSchool of Health Sciences, Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of NeuroscienceNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Department of NeuroscienceFaculty of Medicine, Imperial College LondonLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Lifting The Burden 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-1699-6
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-1700-9
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