Medicine: Aid for Aching Heads

Of all human ailments, none is more common or causes more consternation than the headache. An anonymous Sumerian poet wrote about his blinding pain 3,000 years before Christ. England's "Bloody Mary" Tudor went to her coronation with a splitter. Ulysses S. Grant suffered so severely that he took to his bed on the eve of Appomattox, only to have his pain vanish when he received word that Robert E. Lee was ready to discuss surrender. Thomas Jefferson, who suffered from severe periodic headaches, tried philosophically to ignore them.

Most people suffer from headaches at...

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