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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; ...
Beyond Autonomy -- Physicians' Refusal to Use Life- Prolonging Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Conclusions: If after the physician has listened to the concern of the family members and explored the possibilities with them -- including the transfer of the patient to a willing physician -- the family persists in ...