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American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“1) Execution by lethal injection has resulted in the incorrect association of capital punishment with the practice of medicine, particularly anesthesiology.

2) Although lethal injection mimics certain technical aspects of the practice of anesthesia, capital punishment in any form is not the practice of medicine.

3) Because of ancient and modern principles of medical ethics, legal execution should not necessitate participation by an anesthesiologist or any other physician.

4) ASA continues to agree with the position of the American Medical Association on physician involvement in capital punishment. ASA strongly discourages participation by anesthesiologists in executions.”

“Statement on Physician Nonparticipation in Legally Authorized Executions,” American Society of Anesthesiologists website, Oct. 18, 2006


“The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association of physicians.”

“About ASA,” American Society of Anesthesiologists’ website (accessed July 15, 2008)


“The American Society of Anesthesiologists is dedicated to elevating the standards of the specialty by fostering and encouraging education, research and scientific progress in anesthesiology.”

“About ASA,” American Society of Anesthesiologists’ website (accessed July 15, 2008)

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