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December 5, 1891

History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present,

JAMA. 1891;XVII(23):893. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02411010031003

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This little book is one that will be welcome not only to the table of the general practitioner on account of its intrinsic worth, but to the medical historiographer on account of the great accumulation of historical facts the author presents, and to the literary class on account of the pleasant style pervading the book throughout. The chapters are as follows: 1. Antiquity of Circumcision. 2. Theories as to the origin of Circumcision. 3. Spread of Circumcision. 4. Circumcision among Savage Tribes. 5. Infibulation, Muzzling, and other curious Practices. 6. Attempts to abolish Circumcision. 7. Miracles and the Holy Prepuce. 8. History of Emasculation, Castration and Eunuchism. 9. Philosophical considerations relating to Eunuchism and Medicine. 10. Hermaphrodism and Hypospadias. 11. Religio Medici. 12. Hebraic Circumcision. 13. Mezizah, the fourth or objectionalble act of Suction. 14. What are the benefits of Circumcision? 15. Predisposition to and Exemption and Immunity from Disease.

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