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How is anamnesis used?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Doctors can use anamnesis, or your medical history, to help improve your health. There are several ways in which doctors can use this important information. Doctors can use your anamnesis to:

  • determine whether or not you are at risk for certain diseases;
  • help you prevent diseases for which you are at risk;
  • make a diagnosis;
  • consider how your condition will affect your children;
  • determine family members' risk for certain diseases.

When doctors study medical family history reports, they do so to find and assess patterns of illness or disorders. Although not all diseases are hereditary, having your anamnesis available to your medical professional betters your chances of understanding your own medical profile.

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