Physicians and Execution: Highlights from a Discussion of Lethal Injection

New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 358, pp. 448-51, January 31, 2008

Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1089510

4 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2008  

Atul Gawande

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Deborah W. Denno

Fordham University School of Law

Robert D. Truog

Harvard Medical School

David Waisel

Harvard Medical School

Abstract

This article constitutes excerpts of a videotaped discussion hosted by the New England Journal of Medicine on January 14, 2008, concerning a range of topics on lethal injection prompted by the United States Supreme Court's January 7 oral arguments in Baze v. Rees. Dr. Atul Gawande moderated the roundtable that included two anesthesiologists - Dr. Robert Truog and Dr. David Waisel - as well as law professor Deborah Denno. The discussion focused on the drugs used in lethal injection executions, whether physicians should participate, potential alternatives, and some of the legal parameters of Baze.

Keywords: Baze, Rees, lethal injection, Supreme Court, physicians, anesthesiology

Suggested Citation

Gawande, Atul and Denno, Deborah W. and Truog, Robert D. and Waisel, David, Physicians and Execution: Highlights from a Discussion of Lethal Injection. ; Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1089510. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1089510

Atul Gawande

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health ( email )

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Deborah W. Denno (Contact Author)

Fordham University School of Law ( email )

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Robert D. Truog

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David Waisel

Harvard Medical School ( email )

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