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Case for a doctor’s involvement in judicial executions

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 16 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2980
  1. Michael M Rivlin, tutor in medical ethics1
  1. 1University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9NL
  1. m.rivlin{at}

    Weaver provides some good arguments against the involvement of doctors in judicial executions.1 However, I do not find them persuasive. (For the record, I am firmly opposed to capital punishment.)

    For instance, he writes, “There is no patient; harm is done on purpose; …

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