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Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2006 Sep;19(5):518-21.

Ethical issues in the evaluation and treatment of death row inmates.

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Department of Psychiatry, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. dmatthews@jhu.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

To summarize recent ethical analyses of psychiatrists' participation in the evaluation and treatment of death row inmates.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Psychiatric participation in death penalty cases remains highly controversial in the United States, whereas there appears to be a more worldwide consensus that it is ethically inappropriate.

SUMMARY:

Psychiatrists working in death penalty settings are functioning in a complex ethical arena, and must consider the implications of their decisions to participate and/or abstain from various activities with great care and attention to the circumstances of the individual cases at hand.

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