This volume is the fifth in the series Handbook of Clinical Neurology. By implication it is directed primarily to neurologists, but it deserves broader distribution. It should be of value to any practicing physician, since headache is such a frequent complaint in clinical practice.
Although each chapter is written by a different author, there is not an excess of overlap or repetition; in general, the material is presented clearly and succinctly. There are few illustrations (not a fault) and, almost thankfully, fewer charts and other statistical presentations so common in current literature.
Most chapters deal with the clinical aspects of headaches: description, diagnostic features, and treatment. The introductory chapters deal with classification (presenting in detail the classification put forth by the Ad Hoc Committee on Classification of Headache of the National Institutes of Neurological Diseases and Blindness, 1962), mechanisms, and general approach to diagnosis. The remaining chapters deal with