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[Viewpoint] The role of anaesthesiologists in lethal injection: a call to action

19:49 EST 31 Jan 2020 | The Lancet

In 2006, Michael Angelo Morales, a California death-row inmate, was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection.1 Morales challenged the state's lethal injection protocol in court, arguing that administration of pharmaceutical drugs without oversight by personnel with medical expertise or training would violate his Eighth Amendment rights.2 The basis of his claim was that the protocol created foreseeable and undue risk of excessive pain, given the potential for consciousness during drug administration.

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