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Establishing Medical Civil Rights

List of authors.
  • Leonore A. Dluhy, B.A.,
  • Brendan Abel, J.D.,
  • and Robert G. Dluhy, M.D.

There is currently no legal right in any U.S. jurisdiction for a person in an encounter with police to request and be provided immediate emergency medical care by an objective clinical entity. A bill in the Massachusetts legislature would provide such a right.

Funding and Disclosures

Disclosure forms provided by the authors are available at NEJM.org.

This article was published on April 28, 2021, at NEJM.org.

Author Affiliations

From the Medical Civil Rights Committee (L.A.D., R.G.D.), Boston; the Center for Bioethics (B.A.) and Department of Medicine (R.G.D.), Harvard Medical School, Boston; and the Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham (B.A.) all in Massachusetts.

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