Philosopher’s Corner: Medical Futility
Thaddeus Mason Pope
Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Australian Health Law Research Center, QUT; Saint Georges University; Alden March Bioethics Institute
January 1, 2007
Mid-Atlantic Ethics Committee Newsletter, Vol. 15, pp. 6-7, 2007
This article is about the complexity of answering the contemporary bioethics question of medical futility when one is not entirely certain of the precise question itself. This is illustrated in the debate surrounding the definition of 'medical futility.' The author describes end-of-life disputes over life-sustaining medical treatment (LSMT), surrogate requests, physiologically futile interventions, and quantitatively futile interventions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 3
Keywords: bioethics, medically futile, medical futility, end-of-life, life-sustaining medical treatment, LSMT, surrogate, physiologically futile interventions, quantitatively futile interventions, healthcare
JEL Classification: K32
Date posted: February 27, 2012
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