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


Headache. 2020;60(8):1535-1541. 

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Utilizing the major medical databases (LiLacs, SciELO, Bireme, Scopus, EBSCO, and PubMed), a search was conducted for articles that addressed the historical aspects of primary and secondary headaches and painful cranial neuropathies that are in ICHD-3.[3]

We carefully investigated who described each headache or painful cranial neuropathy and the time that description occurred, in addition to mentioning new terms or expressions that are used as a synonym.