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December 10, 1982


Author Affiliations

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark

JAMA. 1982;248(22):2969. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220015007

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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?