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Just dying: the futility of futility.

Abstract:
I argue that Brierley et al are wrong to claim that parents who request futile treatment are acting against the interests of their child. A better ethical ground for withholding or withdrawing life-prolonging treatment is not that it is in the interests of the patient to die, but rather on grounds of the limitation of resources and the requirements of distributive justice. Put simply, not all treatment that might be in a person's interests must ethically be provided.
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Author
Journal:
Journal of medical ethics More from this journal
Volume:
39
Issue:
9
Pages:
583-584
Publication date:
2013-09-01
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EISSN:
1473-4257
ISSN:
0306-6800
Language:
English
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pubs:345632
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uuid:8d1afb43-9b6d-4b5c-b3d4-189c8259009f
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pubs:345632
Source identifiers:
345632
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2012-12-19

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