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Vital Signs

The wrong diagnosis tears a family apart

By Robert MarionSeptember 1, 1999 5:00 AM


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Melissa, just 1 year old, was playing with toys on the floor in my office. Her mother, Lisa, sat on a couch, three feet away. Her father, Barry, sat at the other end of the room. Not once during the hour we spent together did Lisa and Barry make eye contact or speak directly to each other. At no time did Melissa attempt to crawl toward either of her parents; nor did she look to her parents for comfort. This isn't the way most families behave during their first visit to a medical geneticist.

Full text of this article appears in Discover magazine.


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