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Circumcision: A History of the World's Most Controversial Surgery

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7287.680 (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:680
  1. Tim Stokes, clinical lecturer in general practice
  1. University of Leicester

    David L Gollaher

    Basic Books, £17.80, pp 260 ISBN 0 465 04397 6

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    Male circumcision is the most commonly performed surgical operation in the United States. Data for 1996 reveal that no less than 60% of all US male infants were circumcised. In contrast, the rest of the industrialised world has much lower rates of circumcision. In Britain circumcision is performed only for religious reasons or to correct defined medical conditions. How, then, are we to account for such …

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