Family Medical History Fumbled
Medical Authors and Editors: Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D. and Frederick Hecht, M.D.
November 9, 2004 -- "This morning ... U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona will launch a new initiative to encourage all American families to learn more about their family health history. The reason is simple: knowing your family's medical history can save your life,"
This is an e-mail message we received yesterday together with a press release from Health and Human Services (see below).
A Family Medical History
A medical family history should include all first degree relatives (parents and siblings), second degree relatives (aunts and uncles) and third degree relatives (cousins and grandparents), at the least.
Besides depicting familial relationships, a pedigree also must contain vital medical information such as the birth date, date of death, cause of death, health problems, and results of key medical tests.
Fumbling the Family History