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To the Editor.—
In his perfectly reasonable answer to a question on neonatal ear piercing, Dr Kempe inserted an unnecessary, gratuitous phrase about circumcision that destroys his credibility as a scientist and displays his bias toward circumcision. The comparison of the value of circumcision to ear piercing as a "cultural action," or an intimation that it constitutes child abuse, is odious.Has he ever heard of ear piercing contributing to personal hygiene or preventing cancer of the earlobe?
Levinstone B. Circumcision. JAMA. 1982;248(22):2969. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220015007
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