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Letters Tasers

Full range of effects of Tasers still needs to be characterised

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 09 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6585
  1. Robert D Sheridan, biomedical scientist1
  1. 1Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Porton Down, Salisbury SP4 0JQ, UK
  1. rdsheridan{at}

As Dyer highlights in his article on the Taser conducted energy device,1 one of the unresolved controversies surrounding the effects of the Taser is whether the discharge can influence heart rhythm through a direct electrical interaction. This controversy has been aired recently in the journal Circulation.2 3

In our February 2010 editorial for The BMJ …

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