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26 Taking an Exposure History

Environmental ALERT…

Because many environmental diseases either manifest as common medical problems or have nonspecific symptoms, an exposure history is vital for correct diagnosis.

The primary care clinician can play an important role in detecting, treating, and preventing 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.

Guest Contributor:

Arthur L.Frank, MD, PhD

Guest Editor:

Sophie J.Balk, MD

Peer Reviewers:

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


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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in conjunction with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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