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MN lawmakers want Lou Gehrig's medical records

Journal Sentinel / Associated Press, October 5, 2012

Some Minnesota lawmakers hope to force the release of Lou Gehrig's medical records, saying they might provide insight into whether the Yankees star died of the disease that came to take his name or whether repetitive head trauma played some kind of role. Their effort comes despite opposition from Mayo Clinic, which holds the records, and skepticism from experts that the records alone would prove anything. Gehrig has no living relatives to give consent. Mayo Clinic spokesman Nick Hanson said the clinic can't discuss a patient without their consent or permission from a legally authorized decision-maker such as family or an estate administrator.