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October 18, 1965

The Rape of the Phallus —A Sequel

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Bethesda, Md

JAMA. 1965;194(3):310-311. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090160087037

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To the Editor:—  It was noted in the naval hospital where the writer was stationed in 1962 that most of the patients with venereal and lower-urinary-tract infections were uncircumcised. In a four-year study from 1956 to 1960 in approximately 100 cases of epididymitis, where the status was recorded, twice as many were uncircumcised as circumcised. Of 54 patients admitted to a male urology ward, 19 were circumcised and 35 uncircumcised. Over the same period, in nonurologic admissions the ratio was reversed: 198 were circumcised and 93 were not.W. K. C. M.: I accept Dr. Edson's statistics completely, but not the inference he draws from them. Venereal disease is most prevalent in the lower socioeconomic groups, the same groups in which the vast majority of uncircumcised males are to be found. Tuberculosis, like the foreskin, is also most commonly found in the lower socioeconomic groups. We must be excused for

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