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

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The Book of Questions meets What If? in this profound, provocative, and addictively engaging book of medical cases that asks, "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
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Algonquin Books
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Aug 14, 2019 marked it as arcs-to-read

Many thanks to Algonquin Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author is a psychiatrist and bioethicist and he does a great job of sharing thought-provoking ethical dilemmas in the health profession. Each brief chapter describes a scenario and ends with a medical conundrum. Each section features a commentary/reflection from serious (birth defects, eugenics, DNA testing etc.) to relatively mundane interactions (patient-doctor conduct, patient prejudice, business cost etc). There is no conlusion to be made, in fact, the author serves up these musings for ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I do not usually pick up nonfiction books, the title of this book intrigued me too much to ignore looking further into its content. I know the bare minimum about the medical sciences (enough to get me by at the doctor’s office), but I was amazed by how comprehensive the author made each topic and case study. In my own library-minded opinion, this was an easy-to-read and thoroughly researched piece of nonfiction.

One of my favorite moments was learning about the “yuck factor,” which is when
Cynthia Herzog
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this book for GoodReads

This book poses a number of ethical issues that arise in real life medicine. Many of these issues are presented from extremes, which the author acknowledges. As a physician, I can confirm that these issues do indeed arise frequently, however, usually much more in the gray area.

The author does not provide answers, but provides context from which the issue can be approached by different people. Although some will take a firm stance on one side or the other of these eth
thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
What an insightful and eye-opening book about ethical dilemmas the medical profession faces in this ever changing society. There are six parts in this book with different scenarios under each part and the ethical issues that comes with it. For example, is it ethical for a doctor to reveal to the father or his daughter that they are not biological related when genetic markers during an organ match test reveals that they are not? Is it ethical for prisoners on death row who need organ transplant t ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

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
Robert Lee Hadden
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those great summer reads, that is also a great book for the little room with no windows. Seventy-nine short descriptions of medical ethics quandaries all follow the same format: a brief description of the question, a commentary showing opposing ideas, and then some direction by laws or customs. Includes a good section for further reading.

Some questions are familiar, such as how to define life or death. Others are blindingly new, such as head transplants, what to do with frozen emb
Apr 27, 2019 added it
I would recommend this book for anybody considering the medical field, or people who enjoy playing "armchair doctor" whether while watching medical shows (reality-based or not). If you think an issue wasn't featured in enough detail, the last 10% or so of the book does contain citations for further reading. (I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.)
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A blood test in preparation for a kidney donation reveals that the daughter donating the organ is not her father's biological daughter. Should she be informed? How about the father? This and dozens of other ethical dilemmas in medicine are presented by Dr. Appel in his latest book. Each chapter opens with a possible scenario, many – if not most – of which appear to be based on a real case, and we are asked, "What should they do?" He then offers several possibilities, and includes historical cont ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book for anyone who is curious about ethics in medicine, especially in our changing times, and how medical professionals are solving problems today. This is also an excellent book for writers who might be looking for ideas - I know I got some!
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dynamic situations with ethical dilemmas. Review to follow near publication date. Most interesting!
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for a review.

I really wanted to like this book. I love the idea of exposing people to various ethical issues and walking them through things they would have to consider in that situation. I felt a lot of the cases dealt with the extreme situations, and missed more of the nuance or gray areas you may get IRL. Also several of the scenarios once you got to the reflection part were basically discussing the same issue (example several that basically dealt with why you
Ken Kugler
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started this book because I was just looking for something different that was in the house. It sounded interesting and so I started. It is made up of short medical delemmas and interesting questions of the ethics involved. What to do? What do you think? Both compelling thoughts that keep you going. There are 79 of them that are used in this book and I liked them, pretty much, all.
I say that it is a good book to start and see what you think. You can always skip a dilemma if it is not your cup o
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Interesting medical scenarios are laid out along with a discussion of the ethical issues involved in each one. If you watch many medical or legal TV shows, you have probably seen some of these situations presented. While no answers are provided, the book would make for a lively book discussion or a useful tool for training doctors and lawyers in the field of bioethics.

Thanks to the publisher for providing this advance reading copy.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
So interesting...I just wish it came with an answer sheet!
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
more an after dinner or electricity is out let's talk hypotheticals read than a novel - got me thinking, not always in a good way, but thinking
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Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Won and read a goodreads giveaway ARC of Jacob Appel's 'Who Says You're Dead?'
Highly recommend it.
Rx: Take one medical ethic question deliberately and ponder.
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Jacob M. Appel's first novel, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Award in 2012. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize. He has published short fiction in more than tw