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In Western medicine, headache disorders have long been understood as complaints that are rooted in the body but that maintain intimate relationships with emotions. Even as far back as Plato’s Charmides, Socrates refuses to give the hero headache medicine till first he had eased his troubled mind; body and soul, he said, must be cured together, as head and eyes. Galen, whose theory of “hemicrania” dominated medicine until the seventeenth century, speculated “certain natures … may end up suffering from headache if they lead an intemperate life.”

Joanna Kempner in Not Tonight

If you don’t follow the migraine rules migraines are your fault! Live an austere, regimented, and secluded life or suffer the consequences!

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