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Environmental Medicine: Integrating a Missing Element into Medical Education
26Taking an Exposure History
Because many environmental diseases either manifest as common medicalproblems or have nonspecific symptoms, an exposure history is vital forcorrect diagnosis.
The primary care clinician can play an important role in detecting, treating, andpreventing disease due to toxic exposure by taking a thorough exposure history.
This monograph is one in a series of self-instructional publications designed to increase the primary care provider’s knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment and to aid in the evaluation of potentially exposed patients. See page 35 for more information about continuing medical education credits and continuing education units.
Arthur L.Frank, MD, PhD
Sophie J.Balk, MD
John Ambre, MD, PhD; Charles Becker, MD; Jonathan Borak, MD;
Joseph Cannella, MD; Howard Kipen, MD, MPH;
Richard J.Jackson, MD, MPH; Jonathan Rodnick, MD;
Brian A.Wummer, MD
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in conjunction with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health