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The headache godfather : the story of Dr. Seymour Diamond and how he revolutionized the treatment of headaches

by Diamond, Seymour, 1925-

Format: Print Book 2015
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction RC392.D4973 2015x
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Learn the story of a man who lived the American dream and improved the quality of life for thousands of headache sufferers.

The Headache Godfather traces the life of Seymour Diamond, MD, who was born in 1925, the son of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine and Slovakia, in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Diamond revolutionized the practice of headache as a medical specialty when he opened the United States' first private headache practice, the Diamond Headache Clinic, in 1974. It quickly became a headache haven for sufferers from around the world. He also established a nonprofit organization, the National Headache Foundation, to support research for headache relief and to spread the knowledge among doctors and headache sufferers alike.

At eighty-nine years of age, Dr. Diamond looks back on his battles with the Food and Drug Administration over headache treatments, the political skirmishes with those who would block his will to succeed, his globe-trotting adventures to learn and share current headache knowledge, the hundreds of thankful patients who claim that his headache treatment saved their lives, a frightening and painful malpractice lawsuit, and even a relationship with a Chicago Mafia member whose family Dr. Diamond treated early in his medical career, and who was ultimately found in the trunk of a stolen automobile, shot to death.

Seymour Diamond is a living example of an individual who succeeded at living the American dream. Working several jobs while attending college and medical school, applying his intelligence, energy, and imagination to the world of headache medicine, and providing for his wife, Elaine, and their family of three daughters while building an empire of headache health, Seymour Diamond is indeed the Headache Godfather.

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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Eighty-nine-year-old Seymour Diamond's adult life has been one headache after another. Literally. In this amiable autobiography (coauthored with his son-in-law), the self-taught neurologist recounts his rise to become one of the most successful headache specialists in the world. Over the years, he has treated thousands of patients suffering from headaches, performed pharmaceutical research, and authored textbooks on the management of headaches for professionals and laypersons. In 1974, he opened the first private headache clinic in the U.S. He helped establish the National Headache Foundation and serves as its executive chairman. Diamond understands the toll medical, social, emotional, and financial that chronic headaches extract from affected individuals. His multidisciplinary approach to disabling headaches includes medications, counseling, treatment of withdrawal symptoms due to narcotics, physical therapy, biofeedback, and education. Anecdotes about patients, colleagues, family, and his own celebrity status as a medical expert, involvement in malpractice lawsuits, and even an interaction with a Chicago mobster add pizzazz. Diamond reminds health professionals, The patient with chronic pain, including headache, is seeking empathy as well as treatment. What a gem!--Miksanek, Tony Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Diamond, Seymour, -- 1925-
Physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Headache -- Treatment -- History.
Publisher New York, NY :2015
Contributors Morey, Charlie, author.
Language English
Description xii, 300 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781629145389
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