Close up of hairy cell leukemia cells
(photo courtesy of National Cancer Institute)

Case Study : John Moore's Spleen

In 1976, Alaskan businessman John Moore developed hairy-cell leukemia, and his doctors referred him to specialists at the University of California-Los Angeles medical clinic.

Moore's doctor, Dr. David W. Golde, decided that MooreĆ­s spleen should be removed, and a successful operation was performed.

For several years after the operation, Golde asked Moore to fly back down to Los Angeles for a number of follow up exams. When Moore complained about the cost of these trips, and asked whether these exams were really necessary, Golde offered to pay for the flights and hotel stays.

This struck Moore as very unusual, and he engaged a lawyer to determine whether Golde had an interest in something besides Moore's health.