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Saturday, May 26, 2012

I have been thinking about medical history due to a family member's recent hospitalization. Do you have a record of all the surgeries you have had? What if a loved one needs to advocate for you, can you tell them all the health issues you have? People may think that this is not really related to genealogy but actually it is! You need to know about any diseases that your ancestors may have had which is an actual medical profession called historical epidemiology. We had a historical epidemiologist speak at our local genealogical society and he informed us on the history of influenza. Americans called one variety the "Spanish" flu. Which makes me wonder if in Spain they called it the "American" flu? All in all it was a very interesting topic.

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