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This is the official site of Paul Komesaroff, author, physician and philosopher. He welcomes correspondence, which can be sent to him either through this site or directly. He is especially interested to receive comments on his books. Email address: paul.komesaroff[at]monash.edu.

Riding a Crocodile


Riding a Crocodile  Abraham Nevski is a dedicated and eccentric professor of medicine at the Royal Prince John Hospital. He prides himself on his diagnostic skills and powers of reasoning. On returning to work after a break he becomes aware of disturbing changes taking place in the hospital. A series of suspicious deaths then throws his world into confusion. Nevski’s inner turmoil grows and he has to confront the dangers that close in around him. RIDING A CROCODILE is both an insider’s account of life in a major teaching hospital and a chilling detective story, exploring life and death issues of urgent contemporary relevance. Paul Komesaroff is a physician and philosopher at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Interior illustrations by Mirranda Burton.

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Experiments in Love and Death is concerned with the depth and complexity of the ethical issues that arise in illness and medicine. In his concept of ‘microethics’ Paul Komesaroff provides an alternative to the abstract debates about principles and consequences that have long dominated ethical thought.

He shows how ethical decisions are everywhere: in small decisions, in facial expressions, in almost inconspicuous acts of recognition and trust. Through powerful descriptions of case studies and clear and concise explanations of contemporary philosophical theory the book brings discussions about ethics in medicine back to where they belong-to the level of the everyday experience where people actually live, suffer and hope.

A fresh and evocative look at the changing world of ethics as it applies to health and illness, this is an important book for all those touched by illness or suffering.

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