What's in a name? The cycle of change in the meaning of neuralgia

  title={What's in a name? The cycle of change in the meaning of neuralgia},
  author={Chris N Alam and Harold Merskey},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={429 - 474}
  • C. Alam, H. Merskey
  • Published 1 December 1994
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • History of Psychiatry
in the past, the word is used in conjunction with some types of vascular headaches, e.g. periodic migrainous neuralgia, an obsolescent or even obsolete label for cluster headaches. However, it has had a number of other meanings and functions. In this article we note the way in which it was first employed, and compare that with its present usage and with certain other applications which have flourished and then declined. Neuralgia comes from the Greek for nerve and pain. It is first cited as a… 

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