What do these two things have in common?
In 2004 the Surgeon General of the U.S. declared the Thanksgiving holiday, “Family History Day”. At Thanksgiving families gather from far and wide, so it is the perfect opportunity to discuss, and more importantly document, your family medical history.
With the focus on the role of genetics and heredity in medicine now, it is important for families to take the time to record as much medical history as possible. Our aging parents and grandparents have invaluable family information.If we do not take the time to compile these records, it will be lost to future generations whose health may depend on it.
To this end there is a downloadable form on this site https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/fhh-web/home.action
that will make the task easier. The information can then be stored on disc or by other means and shared with all family members.
In reality we will all have family that suffer from one disease or another. This tool will make having discussions with doctors regarding treatment decisions for these illnesses much more productive.
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!