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August 1963

Routine Circumcision: A Problem for Medicine

Author Affiliations

W. O. Robertson, MD, The Children's Hospital, 561 S 17th St, Columbus 5, Ohio.; Senior Medical Student, Ohio State University, College of Medicine (Robert A. Shaw); Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Ohio State University College of Medicine (Dr. Robertson).

Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(2):216-217. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050218017

Among operative procedures, "routine circumcision" vies with "T and A" as "most popular." Why is a moot question; the specific medical indications are somewhat shrouded in mystery; the complications and costs are no better exposed. Here the embryo physician perceives obvious paradoxes in attempting to formulate how he will advise his future patients. Confronted with this disturbing situation, one of us (R. S.) attempted to find out what was being said and done—not necessarily what should be—in our community. The results may prove of interest to others.

Method  Two simple surveys were conducted. Questionnaires describing the objective of the survey and requesting specific data and opinion were forwarded to 42 pediatricians, 42 obstetricians, and 42 urologists chosen from the Ohio section of the Directory of Medical Specialists. Of the 126 dispatched, 106 (85%) were completed, returned, and analyzed. Eighty mothers of male children—"private" and "service"—hospitalized at the Columbus

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