What's to learn from Lou Gehrig's death?

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 9, 2012 - 8:40 AM

Some state legislators want his medical records revealed. Mayo says no.

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BallFourOct. 3, 12 9:35 PM

I have conversations in another dimension with Lou routinely. He says, "OK by me."

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knapsiOct. 3, 1210:07 PM

if you don't feel good-don't go to work

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mchristiOct. 4, 1212:45 AM

More than 70 years after one's death privacy rules are beside the point and shouldn't be applicable any longer. The fact that there isn't anyone with legal standing to request them also suggests there isn't a point in keeping them secret. It may be quite debatable whether or not there is anything to learn from Gehrig's medical records or not, but we won't know unless they are released. There isn't any harm to be done in releasing them, and the potential for contribution to medical knowledge in their study, even if the degree of that potential is far from certain. It shouldn't take an act of the legislature to make them available to researchers.

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ontheroadagnOct. 4, 12 3:48 AM

there are lots of families that would be willing to share records, the only reason this is a big deal is the name of the person and they can't have the records, people in "power' sometimes need to be told no

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stplooklistnOct. 4, 12 7:01 AM

Just a power thing for Kahn.There is not much to be gained so move on.

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mona925Oct. 4, 12 7:17 AM

How about they put this much effort into researching current ALS patients and brain trauma patients that are alive or recently deceased and then maybe we'd finally be on the right path to finding a cure for this horrible disease.

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fanofcaribouOct. 4, 12 7:43 AM

"The disclosure proposal first introduced last year by Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, was co-authored by Rep. Mary Liz Holberg of Lakeville, a Republican House leader..." Great, wasting time on frivolous legislation just went bipartisan.

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andersod62Oct. 4, 12 8:15 AM

Somebodies fishing for votes...!!!! LOL, LOL, LOL..., get over it Kahn.

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roymercerOct. 4, 12 8:33 AM

Wouldn't it be nice if Kahn and Holberg spent their eneergy trying to open up public records instead of private ones?

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jastkeOct. 4, 12 8:41 AM

The right to confidentiality of medical records rests with each individual patient and/or his/her guardian(s). It should be specified in a will or a living will whether release of medical records would be allowed at any time, whether before or after death of the patient. On a separate issue, I think it's a silly idea that the Mayo clinic would be embarassed in any way if Mr. Gehrig turned out not to have had ALS. The finding that repetitive brain trauma can result in a similar condition is very recent, and given the knowledge of neurology in 1939 the diagnosis of ALS was almost certainly appropriate. Similarly, the notion that changing his diagnosis would somehow take away from the work that has been and will be done on ALS is equally silly.

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