Abstract

Futility is a medical judgment, but more importantly it is a prognostic gesture for shaping relationships among doctors, patients, and their families. As such, the need for a concept of futility, or something like it, is personally and socially important to all of us. It is one of medicine’s essential tools for teaching about finitude and mortality.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 336-339
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-25
Open Access
No
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