oa South African Family Practice - Ethical issues in family practice : medical futility - the debate : review article
Extracted from text ... Like most ethical and bioethical dilemmas, the 'futility debate' has a long history. Both Hippocrates and Plato mentioned the problem. The Corpus Hippocraticum states: "Whenever a man suffers from an ill which is too strong for the means at the disposal of medicine, he surely must not even expect that it be overcome by medicine". In The Republic, Plato writes: "For those whose bodies were always in a state of inner sickness Asclepios did not attempt to prescribe a regimen to make their life a prolonged misery". In fact, it was not until the early 1990s that the concept of ..
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