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In medicine, family history means information on medical disorders the direct blood relatives of a patient may have had. Many healthcare professionals look at the information on family medical problems, such as autism, diabetes, mental illness, autoimmune diseases, cancer.[1]

Many medical conditions are carried only by the female line, including X-linked conditions. Others are carried by the male line, including Y-linked conditions.

References

  1. "Family History". Genetics Home Reference. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/glossary=familyhistory. Retrieved June 5, 2014.