January 8, 2019 | 1 min read
Book Review of “Wolf Constellation”
By Deirdre Johnston, MBBCh, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
This novel prompts us to consider a family's story across generations and its influence on the emergence, manifestation, diagnosis, and treatment of illness in an individual. We routinely inquire about, and document, every patient's family history, but the simple listing of a diagnosis in other family members does not tell the whole story. We need to be curious about that story, because it can tell us much about our patients' strengths and vulnerabilities.