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Physicians' Refusal of Requested Treatment: The Case of Baby L
The authors report a case involving an infant with severe neurologic deficits and a poor prognosis whose mother insisted that everything possible be done to prolong the child's life. Physicians, supported by the ...
Pipes, Colanders, and Leaky Buckets: Reflections on the Futility Debate
The issue of physician refusal of requested treatment has fueled a two-pronged debate in our society -- one on the meaning of futility and the other on the limits of patient autonomy. The latter is a genuinely philosophic dispute; ...