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Book and Media Reviews
February 1, 2012

Wrong Medicine: Doctors, Patients, and Futile Treatment

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Author Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (orcylec@umich.edu).

JAMA. 2012;307(5):514-515. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.66

The second edition of Schneiderman and Jecker's Wrong Medicine is a vital contribution to the discussion on medical ethics and futility. In this extended essay arguing against treatment using futile interventions, the authors update their 1995 text with new examples and refreshed arguments in a practical attempt to “restore medicine's proper ends and reform medical practice.” In the past decade there has been increasing concern about the cost of medical care, but relatively little attention has been paid to the appropriateness of care. This book is a call for physicians, other health care professionals, and society to actively engage in the discussion of how to approach medical futility.

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