Recently, the producers of "L.A. Law" (NBC) decided to quickly and painlessly kill off the character of Roxanne's father after he was diagnosed as suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The character was used as comic relief for several episodes, without ever exploring the real devastation this disease causes to the victim and their families. He couldn't even escape the jokes by dying.
In the episode where they dismissed him, the producers treated the victims of Tourette's syndrome and Elephant Man's disease with dignity, and made a real attempt to educate the public. How sad that they couldn't give a disease that affects four million people and the people who love them the same consideration.
Jean Ruecker, Simi Valley