Medical Futility

AZ, an 86-year-old man with end-stage Alzheimer disease, congestive heart failure, recurrent aspiration pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis, and Parkinson disease, was admitted to the hospital from a nursing home with adult respiratory distress syndrome. He was placed on a ventilator, from which he has been unable to be weaned over a period of three months, and is minimally conscious. Since admission he has required a tracheostomy and operative placement of a stomach feeding tube...

Also: Human growth hormone, Clinical drug trials.

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