Death row and the medical model.

  title={Death row and the medical model.},
  author={Patrick Malone},
  journal={The Hastings Center report},
  volume={9 5},
To the proponents of lethal injection, the hypodermic needle is the next step in the progression of capital punishment techniques from deliberate barbarity to attempted civility. New York gave the nation the electric chair in 1890 and Nevada contributed the gas chamber in 1924-both on grounds of easing the prisoner's suffering. Whether any means of killing another human being can be called "humane" is, of course, arguable. Beyond that, lethal injection raises new and unique issues in the long… CONTINUE READING