Heroic Measures and False Hopes: Robert E. Goodin

Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 23:17-32 (1988)
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The precise application of the term ‘heroic measures’ in the discourse of medicine and medical ethics is somewhat uncertain. What counts and what does not is, at the margins, a perpetually contentious issue. Basically, though, we can say that the term refers to the deployment of unusual technologies or treatment regimes, or of ordinary technologies or treatment regimes beyond their usual limits



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