Reading Futility: Reflections on a Bioethical Concept

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 11 (2):127-133 (2002)
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Abstract

There was a remarkable outpouring of publications related to the concept of medical futility between 1988 and 1995, and there has been a substantial drop-off since then. A wide variety of definitions of the concept were offered from many corners of the medical profession, from medical social sciences, as well as from judges in several state and federal courts. Attention was drawn to the conflicts over when it is appropriate to declare further treatment futile, who has the authority to make such determinations, and what evidence is required

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