Lethal Injection Is Not Humane

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  • Published: April 24, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040171

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Execution must be inhumane

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:09 GMT

Author: Claudio Crisci
Position: MD
Institution: Clinic Center. Private Hospital for Rehabilitation
Submitted Date: May 18, 2007
Published Date: May 18, 2007
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The accurate paper by Zimmers et al. raises several interesting issues: the main is that lethal injection may be inhumane. But execution was meant to be terryifing. Cruel long lasting and painful! Skinning, burning or beating to death was supposed to be a good deterrent for potential criminals and a perfect popular show, still in use in modern culture, although in a more sophisticated way (as TV films like C.S.I. demonstrate). Therefore we should return to a spectacular and cruel death penalty or, better, abolish it!

From technical point of view, a verified, secure and "compassionate" protocol for lethal injection is easily available everywhere in Internet, or in "Final Exit", the Humphry's best-seller on suicide.

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