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Comment & Response
March 2014

Circumcision Is a Religious/Cultural Procedure, Not a Medical Procedure—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Medical Sciences and Bosch Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • 2Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(3):294. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5110

In Reply Svoboda’s statements have been discredited previously.1 Since benefits of infant male circumcision (MC) vastly exceed risks,2 its persistence in diverse cultures worldwide likely reflects ritualization of a healthy practice,3 rather than it simply being “cosmetic.”

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