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Editorial
January 4, 2010

Newborn CircumcisionRoutine or Not Routine, That Is the Question

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(1):94-96. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.248

While male circumcision is a “minor” surgical procedure that has been performed for cultural, religious, social, and medical reasons for millennia, it continues to receive a significant amount of attention and emotional discourse in the medical literature and lay press and on the Internet. Some would define “minor surgical procedures” as only those procedures performed on somebody else. However, a discussion of male circumcision should not be taken lightly. My use of the term minor denotes that it is an elective surgical procedure with low risk of major complications. But this is only where the disagreements begin.

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