Carlo Musso

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Carlo Musso is an emergency physician working in Georgia. He has participated in executions by lethal injection as part of a medical team assisting Georgia state prison personnel to carry out the procedure.[1]

Views on capital punishment[edit]

Musso is personally opposed to the death penalty,[2] but says that he sees lethal injection as an "end-of-life issue, just as with any other terminal disease. It just happens that it involves a legal process instead of a medical process. When we have a patient who can no longer survive his illness, we as physicians must ensure he has comfort. [A death-penalty] patient is no different from a patient dying of cancer — except his cancer is a court order.”[2]


In part because participation by physicians in executions is forbidden by the code of ethics of the American Medical Association,[3] Musso has come under criticism for his actions.[1][2] In June 2011, the Southern Center for Human Rights filed complaints against Musso with the Georgia Composite Medical Board, alleging that he had illegally imported sodium thiopental, one of the key substances used in executions by lethal injection. The complaints further alleged that Musso sold the sodium thiopental to the states of Kentucky and Tennessee without the requisite licenses from the DEA.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Baldwin, Robert (1 January 2009). Life and death matters: seeking the truth about capital punishment. NewSouth Books. pp. 56–58. ISBN 978-1-58838-234-4. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Gawande, Atul (2006). "When Law and Ethics Collide — Why Physicians Participate in Executions". New England Journal of Medicine. 354: 1221–1229. doi:10.1056/nejmp068042.  (available online)
  3. ^ "AMA Code of Medical Ethics Opinion 2.06 - Capital Punishment". American Medical Association. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Chirico, Jeff (20 June 2011). "Civil rights group calls for GA execution doc to lose license". CBS Atlanta. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 

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