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Who Says You're Dead?: Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned

Jacob M. Appel

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Medical & healthcare law, Medical ethics & professional conduct, Medicolegal issues

A profound, provocative, and addictively engaging book of open-ended medical cases that ask, "What would you do?"

An original, compelling, and provocative exploration of ethical issues in our society, with thoughtful and balanced commentary. I have not seen anything like it. Alan Lightman, author of Einstein s Dreams Drawing upon the author s two decades teaching medical ethics, as well as his work as a practicing psychiatrist, this profound and addictive little book offers up challenging ethical dilemmas and asks readers, What would you do? A daughter gets tested to see if she s a match to donate a kidney to her father. The test reveals that she is not the man s biological daughter. Should the doctor tell the father? Or the daughter? A deaf couple prefers a deaf baby. Should they be allowed to use medical technology to ensure they have a child who can t hear? Who should get custody of an embryo created through IVF when a couple divorces? Or, when you or a loved one is on life support, Who says you re dead?In short, engaging scenarios, Dr. Appel takes on hot-button issues that many of us will confront: genetic screening, sexuality, privacy, doctor-patient confidentiality. He unpacks each hypothetical with a brief reflection drawing from science, philosophy, and history, explaining how others have approached these controversies in real-world cases. Who Says You re Dead? is designed to defy easy answers and to stimulate thought and even debate among professionals and armchair ethicists alike.

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