Physician Participation in Capital Punishment

Waisel, David
September 2007
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Sep2007, Vol. 82 Issue 9, p1073
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the issue concerning the involvement of physician in capital punishment. He stresses that there are numerous issues surrounding capital punishment which includes appropriateness, fairness and effectiveness as a crime deterrent. He argues that it is ethical for physicians to lessen the punishment corresponding to the medical obligation which allow physician participation in legal execution. He believes that involvement is necessary to improve the humaneness of execution.


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