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April 1966


Author Affiliations

University Hospital University of Maryland Redwood and Greene St Baltimore 21201

Am J Dis Child. 1966;111(4):448-449. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090070146026

To the Editor: I see from Dr. Greenblatt's short review "Circumcision in the Newborn" that he regards my small effort "The Rape of the Phallus"1 as one of the worst, if not the worst, of the articles which condemn this procedure. I accept his strictures with an almost fatalistic relish; his accusation that I appealed to emotionalism and prejudice is a compliment in comparison with some of the abusive, scurrilous, and anonymous letters I have received in the past few months.2 It has even been suggested that I should be hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee. "The Rape" was intended and, in the main, received as satire—a form of writing which is meant to appeal to reason rather than emotions. If Dr. Greenblatt were to use the same criteria to assess Voltaire's "Candide," I am sure he would classify it as a highly emotional appeal to thalamic man.