Laying Futility to Rest

  title={Laying Futility to Rest},
  author={Michael Nair-Collins},
  booktitle={The Journal of medicine and philosophy},
In this essay I examine the formal structure of the concept of futility, enabling identification of the appropriate roles played by patient, professional, and society. I argue that the concept of futility does not justify unilateral decisions to forego life-sustaining medical treatment over patient or legitimate surrogate objection, even when futility is determined by a process or subject to ethics committee review. Furthermore, I argue for a limited positive ethical obligation on the part of… CONTINUE READING
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