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Neil J. Farber, MD Biography

Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

“This study demonstrates that physicians are willing to be involved in lethal injections for capital punishment even though such involvement is contrary to the best interests of the prisioner, is in violation of the Hippocratic Oath, and is prohibited by most medical societies…

We found that physicians who supported the death penalty and were in favor of assisted suicide were willing to perform more of the disallowed actions. [i.e.: injecting the lethal drugs, ordering lethal drugs, or placing IV lines] Physicians have argued that involvement in capital punishment affords a more rapid and humane death for convicts.”

“Physicians’ Willingness to Participate in the Process of Lethal Injection for Capital Punishment,” Annals of Internal Medicine, Nov. 2001

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego
  • Physician, University of California Thornton Hospital
  • Inducted, Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical School Honor Society, 1975
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1976
  • BS, cum laude, Franklin and Marshall College, 1972
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