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A MODERN PERSPECTIVE ON SOME OF THE MOST HIGHLY CITED JNNP PAPERS OF ALL TIME
Observations on 500 cases of migraine and allied vascular headache
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  1. James W Lance
  1. Correspondence to Professor J W Lance, 54 Queen Street, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2025, Australia; jimlance{at}bigpond.com

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Title: OBSERVATIONS ON 500 CASES OF MIGRAINE AND ALLIED VASCULAR HEADACHE1

Authors: Selby G, Lance J W

Published: 1960

Migraine: the clues were there 50 years ago, suggests James W Lance, Professor Emeritus of Neurology, University of New South Wales, Sydney

In the 1950s, before the Ad Hoc Committee on the Classification of Headache and the more detailed criteria devised by the International Headache Society from 2004 onwards, the separation of headache entities was far from clear.

During that period I had the privilege of having George Selby as a mentor while attending the Northcott Neurological Centre in Sydney. He was a meticulous clinician with a particular interest in migraine, a condition that was in ample supply in that outpatient clinic, which had been established to provide neurological advice to returned servicemen and their families after World War II. Retrospective analysis of data was aided by a set pattern of history taking and typed records.

Why did we refer to ‘allied vascular headaches’? The occurrence of severe episodes …

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