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October 18, 1965

The Rape of the Phallus —A Sequel

JAMA. 1965;194(3):309-310. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090160087034

To the Editor:—  In reading Dr. W. K. C. Morgan's entertaining essay on circumcision, I too was surprised that he did not mention the possible protective effect of circumcision with regard to cancer of the cervix. Although Dr. Morgan may feel that the present evidence is inconclusive, it is a sufficiently important area to warrant consideration in any evaluation of the possible beneficial effects of circumcision.The present status of this issue has been recently reviewed by Aitken-Swan and Baird1 and Clemmesen.2 Epidemiological studies have indicated that there is a lower frequency of cervical cancer among Jewish women, although not entirely absent, and also among Moslem women.2,3 These findings have suggested the protective effect of circumcision. In addition, cervical cancer is more frequent among married women, among women who marry at an early age, among prostitutes, among those who have syphilis, and it is reported as being