A Stray Chapter on Headaches
Health, Mental Illness, Libraries, Reading, Gender
Draws attention to several omissions in Henry G Wright's 'Little book' on Headaches. These comprise headaches of a decidedly non-clinical nature: 'The Salmon Headache' which results from people who have been 'drinking like a fish' the night before; '"The Derby Headache" which attacks clerks the day before the Derby'; 'The Museum Headache' which follows from 'poring over musty old books in a badly-ventilated room'; and 'The Female Headache' which is divided into the 'Nervous' or 'irritable' and the 'Sick' or 'despondent' varieties. Explains that 'milder forms' of the last type of headache 'will vanish upon the application of a piece of jewellery'. Invites Wright to publish a companion volume entitled Heartaches, a volume aimed at men rather than women.
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