by Jim Bigelow, 239 pp, with illus, paper $16.95, ISBN 0-9630482-1-X, Aptos, Calif, Hourglass Book Publishing, 1992.
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Say No to Circumcision: 40 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Respect His Birthright and Keep Your Son Whole, by Thomas J. Ritter, various pagination, with illus, paper $10.95, ISBN 0-9630482-0-1, Aptos, Calif, Hourglass Book Publishing, 1992.
The debate on elective circumcision of infants continues, with growing numbers of lay and medical persons dismissing the procedure as unnecessary. These two books, however, add a new dimension to the argument against routine circumcision. Apparently there are literally thousands of men who feel personally "victimized and mutilated" by the fact that they were circumcised against their will. The books list no fewer than 12 organizations whose purpose is to educate the public on the issue of elective circumcision and provide support and information for men having difficulty accepting their denuded penises.
Say No to Circumcision is, to my knowledge, the first anticircumcision book written by a physician. Dr Ritter is a surgeon whose
Cromie WJ, Kelleher RE. The Joy of Uncircumcising: Restore Your Birthright and Maximize Sexual Pleasure. JAMA. 1993;269(4):529-530. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500040101048