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November 16, 1963


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Garden City, NY

JAMA. 1963;186(7):734. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710070136024

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To the Editor:  —I am surprised that you waste time on the subject of circumcision (JAMA185:780 [Sept 7] 1963). Certainly, pediatricians could not be expected to see the complications in adults of failure to perform circumcision. I also recall seeing phimosis, and paraphimosis in children. Has this disappeared?As an adult, I can imagine nothing more distressing than the same conditions appearing in the adult; these I have seen. I have also seen chronic irritation of the glans and the prepuce which makes life unbearable, until circumcision relieves the distress.It is known that smegma is carcinogenic—at least that of the horse is—but not knowing the chemical characteristics of equine as compared to human smegma, and not knowing whether or not anyone has set about collecting sufficient human smegma to perform similar studies, I for one would assume that it is possible, since cancer of the cervix in

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