Who Says You're Dead? - A Book of Medical Dilemmas for the Curious and Concerned

Author(s): Jacob M. Appel

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"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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General Fields

  • : 9781616209223
  • : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • : October 2019
  • : 1.2 Inches X 5.5 Inches X 8.25 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jacob M. Appel
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 352