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Welcome to the homepage of Handbook of Headache, a comprehensive reference work from Springer.

The complete project consists of a book in printed format and an online version accessible to subscribers. The whole project is under the auspices of The Global Campaign to Reduce the Burden of Headache Worldwide "Lifting the Burden". The purpose of such initiative is to provide an educational tool on headache disorders, available to physicians worldwide.

The project is aimed at level-1 and level-2 care providers as a reference aid to practical management in non-specialist care worldwide. Sections are organized according to the concepts of "need to know" for practical management, and "nice to know" for a more in-depth approach.

The topics embrace accounts on the burden and management of headache disorders. There are reports on headache's causes, correct diagnostic approaches, clinical description of primary and secondary forms. The style is interdisciplinary, covering the many relevant aspects of such clinical area, spanning information on the importance of the most recent epidemiological, molecular and social researches.

Entries are divided into chapters and a sophisticated electronic search capability is provided, including an ability to link easily to other on-line scientific journals. Extensive cross-referencing between related articles enables efficient searching in a user-friendly and time-efficient manner. The nature of the contents can be found under Aims & Scope.

This website is updated regularly as work progresses. The Editorial Board invites you to view sample entries and values your feedback concerning this publication.

Paolo Martelletti, Timothy J. Steiner

(Editors in Chief)

  1. Overview of Common and Important Headache Disorders
  2. Epidemiology of Common Headache Disorders
  3. The Burden of Headache
  4. Economics of Headache
  5. Organization of Headache Services
  6. "Quality" in Headache Care: What Is It and How Can It Be Measured?
  7. Genetic Contributors to Headache
  8. Lifestyle Contributors to Headache
  9. Hormonal Influences on Headache
  10. Comorbidities of Headache Disorders
  11. Classification of Headache
  12. The Medical History: The Key to Correct Headache Diagnosis
  13. The Use of Diaries in the Management of Headache
  14. "Red Flags" in the Diagnostic Process
  15. How Migraine Presents
  16. Mechanisms of Migraine and Its Treatment
  17. Treatment and Prevention of Migraine
  18. What to Tell Patients About Migraine
  19. How Tension-Type Headache Presents
  20. Mechanisms of Tension-Type Headache and Their Relevance to Management
  21. Management of Tension-Type Headache
  22. What to Tell Patients About Tension-Type Headache
  23. How Cluster Headache and Other Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias Present
  24. Mechanisms of Cluster Headache and Other Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias
  25. Treatment of Cluster Headache and Other Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias
  26. Surgical Interventions for Cluster Headache, Including Implanted Stimulators
  27. What to Tell Patients About Cluster Headache
  28. New Daily Persistent Headache, Hemicrania Continua, Primary Stabbing Headache, Hypnic Headache, Nummular Headache
  29. Headache Associated with Sexual Activity
  30. Headache Occurring on More Days Than Not
  31. Mechanisms of Chronic Migraine
  32. Medical Interventions for Migraine That Has Become Difficult to Treat
  33. Psychological Interventions for Headache That Has Become Difficult to Treat
  34. Neurostimulation for Headache That Has Become Difficult to Treat
  35. What to Tell Patients About Headache Occurring on More Days Than Not
  36. Post-Traumatic Headache
  37. Cervicogenic Headache
  38. Headache Attributed to Giant Cell (Temporal) Arteritis
  39. Trigeminal Neuralgia
  40. Persistent Idiopathic Facial Pain
  41. Acute Headache in the Emergency Department
  42. Headache in the Tropics: Sub-Saharan Africa
  43. Headache in the Tropics: India
  44. Diagnosing Headache in Young People
  45. Managing Headache in Young People
  46. Diagnosing Headache in Older People
  47. Managing Headache in Older People
  48. General Issues Arising from the Use of Drugs for Headache Disorders
  49. Hormonal Contraception and Hormone Replacement Therapy in People with Headache
  50. Medication Overuse and Headache
  51. Headache as an Adverse Reaction to Medication
  52. Biobehavioral, Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Headache
  53. Magnesium, Vitamins and Herbal Preparations
  54. Traditional Treatments for Headache
  55. The Role of Lay Organizations in Relieving the Burden of Headache: South American Perspective
  56. The Role of Lay Organizations in Relieving the Burden of Headache: African Perspective
  57. The Role of Lay Organizations in Relieving the Burden of Headache: European Perspective
  58. Lifting The Burden: The Global Campaign Against Headache