Re "UCD surgery leaves family bereft" (Page A1, Feb. 10): Thanks to The Bee for the coverage of the UC Davis Medical Center-Dr. J. Paul Muizelaar human subjects experimentation.
The Bee correctly pointed out that desperate patients and their families cannot give dispassionate and reasoned consent for experimental treatments.
Unlike the patient who believed he was contributing to the advancement of science, this patient was hoping against hope for a longer, higher quality of life. It is the former we call research and it employs unproven, theoretically possible techniques. The latter we call innovative therapy and requires demonstrated and possible benefits.
The former falls under research protocols covering human subjects. UC Davis Medical Center knows these very well and has multiple committees to supervise such necessary research. Sadly, Muizelaar and internal politics of UC Davis Medical Center prevented their use because it never would have been permitted.
The Bee correctly covered this story in the public interest.
-- Roxanne Moger, Sacramento