Jacob M. Appel MD – Who Says You’re Dead?


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 listeners, 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.

Author: Jacob M. Appel MD
Narrator: Jonathan Yen
Duration: 8 hrs
Released: 19 Aug 2010
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

sandbar black-haired

I really like this book. There are many attributes of blood that are not here, but as she follows a few biggies like transfusion and blood donation I learned a lot about blood in general. The narrator was excellent. My only criticism is she spends way too long on the really important issue of menstrual pads.