The Family Photo Album

If a person in the family is described as having unusual facial or other physical features, have your patient raid the family photo album. Pictures from a wedding or family reunion are an easy way to see if people resemble each other. Such pictures are also a way to determine if an individual is unusually tall or short for the family. Summer pictures of a beach outing show more "flesh," if you are trying to investigate unusual skeletal features or skin findings. Looking at chronological pictures of the same individual over a several year period can be useful; some syndromes may be difficult to identify in childhood, or may be less obvious in an adult than in a child.

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