Lethal injection is medicalising execution

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:327
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    Increasing numbers of doctors and other medical staff worldwide will be involved in state ordered executions if the preference for lethal injection continues to grow, warns Amnesty International in a new report.

    Lethal injection is widely perceived to be a more humane method of carrying out the death penalty, although well documented evidence clearly refutes this, says the report. Lethal injection is also thought to be more up to date and in keeping with developments in forensic medicine. Medical expertise is usually required at …

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