Who Says You’re Dead: A Book of Med­ical Dilem­mas for the Curi­ous and Concerned

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January 1, 2013

Who Says You’re Dead? brings the most chal­leng­ing and unset­tling ethics con­tro­ver­sies from con­tem­po­rary sci­ence and med­i­cine to the prover­bial water cool­er. Draw­ing upon the author’s two decades teach­ing med­ical ethics at America’s top uni­ver­si­ties and med­ical schools, and his work as a prac­tic­ing psy­chi­a­trist, this inno­v­a­tive book asks read­ers when faced with com­plex unset­tling sce­nar­ios, read­ers, What would you do? Some cas­es are pulled from today’s head­lines, oth­ers loose­ly based on cas­es report­ed in pro­fes­sion­al jour­nals. A few painstak­ing­ly dis­guised come from the author’s own clin­i­cal encoun­ters. Every sce­nario is fol­lowed by a brief reflec­tion of how var­i­ous mod­ern thought lead­ers (ethi­cists philoso­phers, courts, polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tors, research sci­en­tists, and med­ical pro­fes­sion­als) have addressed the under­ly­ing issues. In a soci­ety in which much of the pub­lic views many hot but­ton eth­i­cal issues in stark black and white terms, the sce­nar­ios in Who Says You’re Dead? are designed to defy easy answers and to stim­u­late thought. It’s impos­si­ble to read just one.

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