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“Adopted” is Not a Good Answer to a Doctor’s Request for Your Medical History

Posted on March 21st, 2011 by David R. Ford

I spent forty years scribbling the word “adopted” across the medical history form whenever I went to a new doctor.  That one word answered all of the questions, but didn’t tell the doctor anything.  At least it saved me time, not having to check the boxes that would have said whether either of my birth parents had heart problems, diabetes and the like.  And every time I faced those unanswerable questions, the process left me wondering how much what I didn’t know was affecting the quality of the health care I got.