What exactly does “family history” mean when a doctor asks you that?

Question by Kally: What exactly does “family history” mean when a doctor asks you that?
LIke they wanted to know if a specific condition runs in my family. Do they only want to know about my parents, brothers and sisters? Or do they want beyond that? Like my aunt from my moms side had it, and my dad’s Cousin had it too but not sure if that’s not what they wanna know. Help?

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Answer by Marshall H
the doctor wants to know about all family beyond just parents and siblings and so forth. want to know what all family members have had because then they may beable to find out if it is something you may have or get medical wise

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