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Futility

See also Despair, Frustration.
American Scene, The
portrays Americans as having secured necessities; now looking for amenities. [Am. Lit.: The American Scene]
Babio
performs the useless and supererogatory. [Fr. Folklore: Walsh Classical, 42]
Bellamy, James
character who goes through phases “playboy, war hero” to suicide. [Br. TV: Upstairs, Downstairs]
Canute
king of England demonstrated the limits of his power by commanding waves to stand still in vain. [Eng. Legend: Benét, 165]
Danaides
fifty daughters, forty-nine of whom are condemned to Hades to collect water in sieves. [Rom. Myth.: LLEI, I: 326]
Fall, The
tale of the monotonous life and indifference of modern man. [Fr. Lit.: The Fall]
Grandet, Eugénie
lacking everything but wealth, she is indifferent to life. [Fr. Lit.: Eugenie Grandet, Magill I, 258–260]
Henry, Frederic
loses lover and child; nothing left. [Am. Lit.: A Farewell to Arms]
Moreau, Frederic
law student whose amatory attachments all come to nothing, concludes that existence is futile. [Fr. Lit.: Flaubert A Sentimental Education in Magill I, 876]
“Necklace, The”
having lost a borrowed diamond necklace, M. and Mme. Loisel suffer ten years of privation to purchase a duplicate, then find that the original was paste. [Fr. Lit.: Maupassant “The Necklace”]
Ocnus,
the cord of eaten by ass as quickly as it is made. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 767]
Of Mice and Men
story of George Milton and Lennie Small’s futile dream of having their own farm. [Am. Lit.: Of Mice and Men]
Partington, Dame
tried to turn back tide with mop. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 807]
pearls before swine
Jesus adjures one not to waste best efforts. [N.T.: Matthew 7:6]
Sun Also Rises, The
story of American expatriates living a futile existence in Europe. [Am. Lit.: The Sun Also Rises]
Tobacco Road
tale of Jeeter Lester and other oppressed, degraded lives. [Am. Lit.: Tobacco Road]
Tregeagle
condemned to bail out Dozmary Pool with leaky shell. [Br. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 1099]
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Professor O'Callaghan asserts that defining Medical futility according to this extra-judicial review of particular cases is unconstitutional.
This act included both a new living will and guidelines for resolving disputes over end-of-life decisions, including medical futility disputes.
In 1998, the AMA followed its 1994 medical futility definition with an opinion which set out proposed guidelines for physicians to follow:
Truog, Tackling medical Futility in Texas, 357 New Eng.
Medical futility could pejoratively be misappropriated when it is referred to as the 'futile care concept'.
The usual bioethical rationale for imposing medical futility on defenseless patients is "distributive justice"--i.
In an article just published in NurseWeek, writer Anne Federwisch explains how the issue of medical futility is affecting policy in the nation's hospitals.
Brody, Letter to the Editor, Medical Futility in End-of-Life care, 282 JAMA 1331, 1331 (1999).
Still, these early cases of conflict between the healing profession and patients or their surrogates were not referred to as medical futility cases but instead as "right-to-die" cases.
Section IV of the Article argues that given the emotional and political turmoil created by medical futility decisions, it is important that any process which potentially limits patient or surrogate choice be grounded firmly in an accepted and defensible ethical principle.
I suppose the concept of medical futility will always be with us in practice.
Levine, "A New Predicament for Physicians: The Concept of Medical Futility, the Physician's Obligation to Render Inappropriate Treatment, and the Interplay of the Medical Standard of Care," Journal of Law & Health 9 (1994-5) 69-108; and L.

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