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US doctors oppose participation in executions

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 02 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:873
  1. G McBride

    Groups representing physicians and other health professionals and two human rights organisations in the US are taking a strong stand against the participation of health professionals in executions. A long report, Breach of Trust: Physician Participation in Executions in the United States, has been issued by four organisations: the American College of Physicians, which represents more than 80 000 internists; Physicians for Human Rights, which has about 4000 members; Human Rights Watch; and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. A joint statement has also come from the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Nurses' Association, and the American Public Health Association, saying that participation in state executions (federal executions are rare) “contradicts the fundamental role of …

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