Medicine: B1 for Tic

As exquisitely painful as the prolonged probing of a dentist's drill on a bare nerve is Tic Douloureux, or facial neuralgia, a disease which attacks the nerve tract of cheeks, mouth and tongue. Neuralgia spasms seldom last longer than two minutes, often twist a patient's face into a hideous grimace of agony. Usually persons over 40 years old are victims of the disease, and at first attacks may occur no more than twice a year. Later they return several times a day with increasing severity until sufferers long for death as the only relief from their pain.

A draft of cold air,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!