Journal of Neurology

, Volume 233, Issue 2, pp 123–125 | Cite as

Samuel Auguste Tissot (1728–1797) His research on migraine

  • K. Karbowski
Short Communications


The famous Swiss physician of the eighteenth century, Samuel Auguste André David Tissot, devoted an 83-page chapter to migraine in his Traité des nerfs et de leurs maladies (Treatise on the nerves and nervous disorders). From his own personal observations and an exhaustive critical review of the medical literature, he described in clear terms the signs and symptoms and the clinical course of the disease, made known his findings to contemporary physicians and created a basis for research for future generations of doctors. In so doing, he fully deserves his high reputation as the classical authority on migraine.

Key words

Migraine Tissot History of medicine 


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© Springer-Verlag 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Karbowski
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  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity of BerneBerneSwitzerland

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