Medicine: Death Row

Should doctors cooperate?

Capital punishment is most humane when carried out by 1) hanging, 2) firing squad, 3) electric chair, 4) gas chamber or 5) lethal injection ?

Since 1977 four states have opted for the fifth choice, and others may soon be doing the same.* The state legislators have practical as well as humanitarian motives; they believe that juries will be less reluctant to view the death penalty as "cruel and unusual punishment" if it is carried out by injection. But the lethal substance, probably a fast-acting barbiturate mixed with a paralyzing chemical...

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