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

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

by Jacob M. Appel, MD Author

A thought-provoking tour of a multitude of ethical questions faced by doctors today, tackling issues that we sometimes see in the news or on medical dramas—like physician-assisted suicide, or the title's question of who decides when to take a patient off life support. What do you do when it turns out someone isn't biologically related to one of their parents? Can you force someone to go to rehab, or to eat when they're on a hunger strike? Should you disclose a Presidential candidate's psychiatric history of dangerous and erratic behavior? Should celebrities get bumped to the top of the organ donor list? Dr. Appel shares short, real-life case studies and lays out the considerations doctors face when making difficult, often life-and-death decisions. There are no easy answers in this book, just dozens of fascinating questions, leading you to wonder, what would you do?