Katherine Foxhall, Migraine: A History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019). ISBN 9781421429489
Migraine reveals a two thousand year history of the efforts that ordinary people and medical professionals have made to describe, explain and – most importantly – treat migraine since the Middle Ages. It takes the reader from classical humoral explanations, through medieval bloodletting, herbal remedies and Victorian practices of therapeutic experimentation to our own neurological knowledge and modern medicines.
Migraine is available to order now (US and worldwide) from Johns Hopkins University Press (US).
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“erudite and vivid…A lively, scholarly book about migraine, Foxhall’s history is also a treatise on the human condition”. – Sibbie O’Sullivan for Washington Post, 10 June 2019.
“The most comprehensive, well-researched, and in-depth history of migraine in existence” – Joanna Kempner, author of Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health
“Despite being recognised since time immemorial, migraine continues to elude a ‘cure.’ In her eloquent book, Katherine Foxhall looks at migraine’s past with the eyes of the present, providing a fascinating insight into how societal changes have affected the perception of this condition and the impact that has had on management. “ – Anne MacGregor, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, author of Understanding Migraine and Other Headaches.
“In her meticulously researched book, Katherine Foxhall offers a sensitive and humane account of a common condition: migraine. Wide-ranging in terms of its sources and covering a generous timespan, it significantly enhances our understanding of medical theories and treatments in both past and present, gives weight to patient experiences, and demonstrates the valuable contributions historians can make to contemporary debates about suffering and pain.” – Ludmilla Jordanova, Durham University, author of The Look of the Past: Visual And Material Evidence In Historical Practice.
Excerpts / Short Pieces from Migraine.
Migraine: A History. JHU Press Blog (12 June 2019).
How to Make Worm Paste: Treating Migraine in the 1600s. Migraine Again (15 April 2019).
Migraine in Medieval Thought and Practice: An Imbalance of the Humours. Migraine Again (3 April 2019).
Migraine Myth: Drilling holes in the skull was never a migraine cure – but it was long thought to be. The Independent (13 March 2018) / The Conversation (6 March 2018).
Following Valerian: New Name, Old Idea. The Recipes Project. (30 January 2018).
Academic Research Articles & Chapters
Katherine Foxhall (2014) Making Modern Migraine Medieval: Men of Science, Hildegard of Bingen and the Life of a Retrospective Diagnosis. Medical History: devoted to the history and bibliography of medicine and the related sciences, 58 (3), pp. 354-374. Open Access.
Katherine Foxhall (2016) Digital Narratives: Four Hits in the History of Migraine. In M. Jackson (ed.) The Routledge History of Disease. Routledge, pp. 512-528.