Medical futility is usually discussed in the context of life-sustaining treatment in the ICU. But the new June 2015 issue 15(7) of American Journal of Bioethics addresses futility in another context.
There is one 10-page target article and six 2-page commentaries.
Futility in Chronic Anorexia Nervosa: A Concept Whose Time Has Not Yet Come
Cynthia M. A. Geppert
Anorexia Nervosa, “Futility,” and Category Errors
Ronald W. Pies
The Futility of Arguing About Medical Futility in Anorexia Nervosa: The Question Is How Would You Handle Highly Specific Circumstances?
“Futility” Is a Failed Concept in Medical Decision Making: Its Use Should Be Abandoned
John J. Paris & Andrew Hawkins
Is Resistance (N)ever Futile?
Compulsory Treatment in Chronic Anorexia Nervosa by All Means? Searching for a Middle Ground Between a Curative and a Palliative Approach
Manuel Trachsel, Verina Wild, Nikola Biller-Andorno & Tanja Krones
Ms X: A Promising New View of Anorexia Nervosa, Futility, and End-of-Life Decisions in a Very Recent English Case
A Misunderstanding Concerning Futility
Tommaso Bruni & Charles Weijer
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