A Historical Review of Headaches: Who First Described Them and When did This Occur?

Wallyson Pablo de Oliveira Souza; Patrick Mesquita Sousa-Santos; Raimundo Pereira Silva-Néto, MD, MSc, PhD

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Headache. 2020;60(8):1535-1541. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

Background: Headache is as old as human history and has been able to report, and the first descriptions were found in Greece and Mesopotamia.

Objective: Our objective was to know the date of the first description of ICHD-3 headaches, with their respective author.

Methods: We searched for articles that addressed the historical aspects of primary and secondary headaches and painful cranial neuropathies.

Results: Twenty-seven different headaches were analyzed according to the occurrence of their first description, with the respective author and country of origin.

Conclusions: The knowledge of the first description of ICHD-3 headaches, with their respective author, showed us how and when the different headaches appeared over the years.

Introduction

The headache is as old as human history and has been able to report. The first descriptions of headache were found in Greece and Mesopotamia, but, over the years, many headaches have been described.[1,2]

Usually, the published articles on headache describe its clinical characterization, pathophysiology, diagnostic investigation, and therapeutic management. Few publications have reported the historical aspects that generally omit the date of the first description and the respective author. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first review of the initial description of each headache.

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