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Letters Dutch on male circumcision

Non-therapeutic excision of the foreskin

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 29 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3437
  1. Antony D Lempert, general practitioner principal and co-ordinator, Secular Medical Forum1
  1. 1Wylcwm Street Surgery, Knighton, Powys LD7 1AD
  1. antony{at}

    I welcome the Dutch Medical Association’s call to end ritual circumcision.1 Clinically unnecessary surgical excision of normal genital skin violates a child’s human right to an intact body and to be protected from harm.

    A 2007 study showed that circumcision ablates the most sensitive parts of the penis.2 There is a risk of further harm …

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