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Family history: the neglected risk factor in disease prevention

Michael J McKay
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (7): 429-430.
Published online: 4 October 2010

To the Editor: I agree with Emery and colleagues1 that family history can add much to downstream clinical interventions that provide tangible benefits to the presenting patient and his or her kin. The pedigree chart has some advantages over simple narrative recording of the same details, including the ability to instantly visualise relationships between individuals and the ease with which the chart can be updated and annotated.2

  • Michael J McKay

  • Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT.

Correspondence: michael.mckay@act.gov.au

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