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Handbook of Headache

Practical Management

  • Headache disorders are one of the most common disorders of the nervous system

  • Headaches are in the top ten causes of disability worldwide, for this reason, Headache Medicine has been incorporated in the priority strategies of international scientific societies, as well as of health care providers

  • This book will provide a useful tool and could also represents for medical students a compendium focused on a topic to which they are usually introduced through multidisciplinary university programs

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Table of contents (58 entries)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Overview of Headache Disorders

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Overview of Common and Important Headache Disorders

      • Timothy J. Steiner, Paolo Martelletti
      Pages 3-14
  3. Headache Disorders and Public Health

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. Epidemiology of Common Headache Disorders

      • Lars Jacob Stovner, Redda Tekle Haimanot
      Pages 17-35
    3. The Burden of Headache

      • Lars Jacob Stovner, Luiz Paulo Queiroz
      Pages 37-44
    4. Economics of Headache

      • Francesco Saverio Mennini, Lara Gitto, Andrea Marcellusi, Fumihiko Sakai, Ichiro Arakawa
      Pages 45-58
    5. Organization of Headache Services

      • Timothy J. Steiner, Fabio Antonaci, Luiz Paulo Queiroz, Sara Van Belle
      Pages 59-67
    6. “Quality” in Headache Care: What Is It and How Can It Be Measured?

      • 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. Genetic Contributors to Headache

      • Pasquale Montagna, Boukje DeVries, Markus Schürks, Joost Haan, Gisela M. Terwindt
      Pages 83-106
    3. Lifestyle Contributors to Headache

      • Werner John Becker, Allison McLean, K. Ravishankar
      Pages 107-120
    4. Hormonal Influences on Headache

      • E. Anne MacGregor, Astrid Gendolla
      Pages 121-135
    5. Comorbidities of Headache Disorders

      • Markus Schürks, Dawn C. Buse, Shuu-Jiun Wang
      Pages 137-153
  5. Correct and Timely Headache Diagnosis

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 155-155
    2. Classification of Headache

      • Morris Levin, Jes Olesen
      Pages 157-179
    3. The Medical History: The Key to Correct Headache Diagnosis

      • E. Anne MacGregor, K. Ravishankar, David Dodick
      Pages 181-196
    4. The Use of Diaries in the Management of Headache

      • Vera Osipova, Rigmor Jensen, Cristina Tassorelli
      Pages 197-209
    5. “Red Flags” in the Diagnostic Process

      • 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.


  • Headache
  • emergency headache
  • migraine
  • tension headache
  • trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Medical and Molecular Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

    Paolo Martelletti

  • Department of Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

    Timothy J. Steiner

  • Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK

    Timothy J. Steiner

About the editors

Professor Paolo Martelletti is currently Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the 2nd School of Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome. At present, he is Director of the Master in Headache Medicine, in the same university and  and Director of the Regional Referral Headache Centre at Sant’Andrea University Hospital in Rome.

He founded and is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Headache and Pain, edited by Springer ( and  served the Editorial Board of various scientific journals (Headache, Cephalalgia, J Immunol Immunopathol, etc.).


- Council of Directors and Trustees of the World Headache Alliance (2006-2009) (www.w-ha.


- Board of Directors of the European Headache Federation (2008-2010) (www.ehforg.


- Founder and past-President of the Italian Headache Patients League (LIC)

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Headache

  • Book Subtitle: Practical Management

  • Editors: Paolo Martelletti, Timothy J. Steiner

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Milano

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Reference Module Medicine

  • Copyright Information: Lifting The Burden 2011

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-88-470-1699-6

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVI, 760

  • Number of Illustrations: 26 b/w illustrations

  • Additional Information: The handbook is a product of Lifting The Burden: the Global Campaign against Headache. Foreword by Dr Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organization

  • Topics: Health Sciences, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neuroscience

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eBook USD 279.00
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  • ISBN: 978-88-470-1700-9
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Hardcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)