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Migraine: A Spectrum of Ideas$
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Merton Sandler and Geralyn M. Collins

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780192618108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192618108.001.0001

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(p.1) 1. Introduction
Migraine: A Spectrum of Ideas

Merton Sandler

Oxford University Press

Migraine is a crippling illness for those who suffer. Despite the ‘background noise’, there has also been considerable and valuable research effort in this field — if one combs the literature hard enough to find it. Even so, the international migraine scene tends to be dominated by large set-piece meetings, weak on innovative science, and strong on drug-trial reports. This approach may be good for the market analysts but does little for our understanding of migraine. The Migraine Trust therefore decided that a ‘brain-storming’ type of meeting might be timely, to try to decide what path precisely future directions might follow.

Keywords:   migraine, individual suffering, morbidity, drug-trial reports, innovative science, illness

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