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Lethal Injection for Execution: Chemical Asphyxiation?

  • Teresa A Zimmers,

    Affiliations: Dewitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States of America, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States of America

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  • Jonathan Sheldon,

    Affiliation: Devine, Connell & Sheldon, P.L.C., Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America

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  • David A Lubarsky,

    Affiliations: Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, and Pain Management, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States of America, Department of Management, University of Miami School of Business, Miami, Florida, United States of America

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  • Francisco López-Muñoz,

    Affiliation: Department of Pharmacology, University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain

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  • Linda Waterman,

    Affiliation: Department of Comparative Medicine and Pathology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States of America

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  • Richard Weisman,

    Affiliation: Florida Poison Center–Miami, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States of America

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  • Leonidas G Koniaris mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail:LKoniaris@med.miami.edu

    Affiliations: Dewitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States of America, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States of America

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  • Published: April 24, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040156

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Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:08 GMT

Author: Katherine Silta
Position: Physician Asst.
Institution: CVOSM
E-mail: kasskivt@tds.net
Submitted Date: April 24, 2007
Published Date: April 30, 2007
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Frankly, I am not all that concerned about the fact that methods of capital punishment might not be "humane". People sentenced to death are not sentenced because they stole a pack of gum form the local convenience store. I doubt that these perpetrators of heinous crimes gave much thought to the fact that they might not have acted "humanely" with regard to their victims. I would not lose a nanosecond of sleep over this issue.

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