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The Long Goodbye

August 18, 1991

Janet Kaye's "The Long Goodbye" ( July 14) is remarkable in the accuracy and sensitivity with which she chronicles the Byzantine system we call "health care." Aside from the personal tragedy, it is poetic justice that a family of seven lawyers should suffer a situation partially created by the legal profession. The medical profession has a vested interest in keeping the patient alive at any cost and the legal profession a vested interest in making sure it does.

Health care for the "living dead" is far too important to be entrusted to lawyers and doctors, who too often make judgments based on financial considerations rather than on scientific information.

WILLIAM K. SMITH

Palm Springs

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