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May 1973

Concealed Penis

Author Affiliations

University of California Medical Center San Francisco, CA 94122

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(5):768. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160050106026

To the Editor.  —It can be hoped that the article "Concealed Penis: Another complication of Circumcision" by Trier and Drach1 will provoke another round of comments condemning this procedure. Many of these comments, sometimes humorous and frivolous and sometimes deadly serious, have enlivened many letters to the editor. A recent plaintive letter appeared in "Dear Abby" from a circumcized physician who said that if his parents were alive he would sue them.It is quite evident that complications of this operation are not very infrequent—the authors had no difficulty in discovering sufficient instances to support their thesis. Doubtless a great many of these complications escape reporting for there is a certain understandable reluctance to report one's own bad results.Medical reasons for this operation are almost nonexistent, especially for "routine circumcision." The epidemiologic studies of Cook and Burkitt2 in Africa have pretty well disposed of the matter of