Morry S. Cole


Under Missouri law, a plaintiff who asserts a personal injury, workers' compensation or other claim based on a medical condition waives the physician-patient testimony privilege to the extent that past medical records are relevant to the asserted injury in time or scope. This Note will examine the development of this exception to Missouri's statutory physician-patient testimonial privilege in the context of State ex rel. Stecher v. Dowd, the recent Missouri Supreme Court case that reaffirmed the requirement that discovery of a plaintiffs past medical history may not be overly expansive.

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