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Algonquin Books

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

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Title: Who Says You're Dead?: Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned
Author: Appel, Jacob M
ISBN: 9781616209223
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Published: 2019
Binding: Regular Hardback
Language: English
Condition: New

Philosophy 1210892

Publisher Description:
"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.