Traditional family historians typically research the lives of their ancestors over generations. Research suggests that keeping a family medical history may help you live a longer, healthier life. Obviously, the medical histories of first degree blood relatives (parents, siblings, and children) are most important, but information on grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins may be critical in outlining risks of certain diseases.
According to the AMA, "gathering a complete and accurate family medical history is becoming more important as genetic medicine explains more diseases." The organization offers a webpage with tools to aid both the physician and patient.
The Mayo Clinic website lists ways in which a family medical history might be useful:
Contact your local Springfield-Greene County Library for help locating forms or suggestions on completing your family medical history.
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