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Arrogance fuels transplant furor

June 11, 2008

Re "'Bad guy' transplants," Opinion, June 6

Gerald S. Levey writes: "But what a tragedy if, because of rumor, suspicion and a lack of understanding about the organ allocation process, people choose not to donate a liver."

To which I suggest an appropriate response might be: "What a tragedy if, because of the UCLA medical faculty's arrogance, greed and lack of appreciation of the ordinary California taxpayer, people choose not to donate a liver."

Our public universities and hospitals serve California, not some higher calling determined without public scrutiny by god-like, excessively paid, insulated physicians. There are discretionary judgments that UCLA should always endeavor to make in the best interests of California.

Jim Prager

Los Angeles

When doctors (or politicians) get caught with their pants down, they always feel the need to lecture us on morality and ethics. Suddenly we are, or The Times is, responsible for their arrogance and bad judgment. Not this time, Dr. Levey.

Stuart Fink

Los Angeles

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