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Authors explore the ethics of physicians participating in capital punishment

The Hastings Center Report this month explores the ethics involved with physicians participating in lethal injection. On one hand, allowing physicians to participate may make deaths swifter and more humane for patients, but on the other hand, killing patients goes against physicians’ code of ethics to “first, do no harm.” In 2010, the American Board of Anesthesiologists decided to revoke the certification of any physician who participated in capital punishment, following the AMA’s lead.