Headache Patients As They See Themselves


  • Dhirendra S. Bane M.D.,

    1. The Headache Research Foundation and John R. Graham Headache Centre, The Faulkner Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and
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  • John R. Graham M.D.,

  • Egilius L.H. Spierings M.D., Ph.D.



The purpose of this study is to demonstrate a simple technique for gaining information about the headache patient as a person. Eighty four headache patients while admitted to the hospital as in-patients, over the past 8 years, were asked simply “to write about themselves”. The autobiographies which they eagerly supplied were amazingly frank and helpful in revealing details of their lives and feelings of a sort considered relevant to the management of the patient with headache.