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September 2002

"Home-Sick"The Effect of a Child's Environment on Health

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(9):853-854. doi:10.1001/archpedi.156.9.853

IT IS IMPORTANT that we ask as many questions as we can about a child's environment. In clinical practice, as in pediatric research, one learns a great deal by asking the right question. We have all been taught that the patient's history provides the answer or diagnosis 95% of the time. In the case of pediatric illnesses such as lead poisoning and asthma, the comprehensive environmental history provides a window into a child's world, allowing one to identify environmental hazards to health that might not be discussed otherwise.

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