''Life and Death'' is a medical simulation game released by The Software Toolworks (who would eventually go on to make ''Videogame/MarioIsMissing'' and ''Mario's Time Machine'') for the [[UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer PC]] and {{Mac}} in 1988, with ports to the UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}, UsefulNotes/AtariST, and [[UsefulNotes/AppleII Apple IIGS]] following years later. You must diagnose and operate on patients. It is generally known for its painstaking realism in surgery and overall difficulty.

Some gameplay footage can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sczxk0IkcVY here]].
!!This game contains examples of:
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In the second game, go into the lounge. You can see someone endlessly pouring coffee into a cup until it overflows.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The ''TraumaCenter'' games are pretty much this.
* UltimateJobSecurity: No matter how many times you screw up, you simply get sent back to med school.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Oh so much. You can slice open your patient with the scalpel without anesthetizing them first, causing them to scream in pain; you can dope them up with antibiotics and anaesthetics until they die; among other things.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: During examination, if you poke a patient in their painful areas enough times (where they yelp in pain), they start to get tired and wonder whether or not you're a real doctor.
** If you do all sorts of stuff the game makes sure to yell at you. Screw up during brain surgery, then they start giving you a bunch of hysterical people, drug addicts, people with neuropathy and migraines before getting a surgery.
** Pick up the pin. Click on the patient's eye. Your director then says, "The staff was not amused by your impression of [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]]."