US doctors want no part in executions

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 12 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:702
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    A group of doctors in California is suing the state to drop its requirement that doctors should participate in the execution of prisoners.

    The 13 doctors contend that such participation in executions violates the Hippocratic oath and is contrary to ethical practice. The doctors are lobbying the state Court of Appeals to resurrect a lawsuit that was dismissed in 1996 when a judge from the San Francisco Superior Court ruled that the involvement of doctors in the …

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