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February 10, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(6):331-335. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610060013001h

The term "family diseases" includes a wide field in medicine as to generations and yet is perhaps more limited in number of actual cases existing than the monograph and text-book articles would lead us to believe at casual observation of these very interesting phenomena. The object of this contribution to the familial affections is to present all the cases that could be found within the direct and indirect observation of the authors. For it is only by such personal considerations that the true bearing of so difficult a problem can be elucidated in proper relation to the individual practitioner. We can perhaps best divide the subject, broadly, into the classes: 1. Hereditary maladies. 2. Family tendency to a certain disease in special generations without hereditary taint. Then subdivisions may be rightly made into the more general and hereditary, or not, affections, involving for example the cardiovascular or pulmonary systems or