I found Conroy's editorial difficult to understand. That genital
widely practised in the west in the nineteenth century is surely no
recommendation for the procedure. Indeed, so was slavery but that does not
undermine modern western criticisms of slavery today.
I agree that we should not adopt a high moral tone on this issue, but
should we about many practices that undermine health including smoking,
overeating and unsafe sexual behaviour.
It is not our role as health practitioners to ignore dangers to the
children in the third world just because some women in our society choose
unwise cosmetic surgery on their genitalia or anywhere else.
Dealing with one problem does not condone another.
I really do expect a higher standard of debate in BMJ editorials.
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