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May 1979

Routine Circumcision

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(5):557. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130050101024

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Sir.–Bravo to Dr Gellis for his "down... with... circumcision" marginal comment (Am J Dis Child 132:1168-1169, 1978). The anticircumcision campaign is widely accepted in medical circles now, with professional societies supporting it firmly. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Urological Association, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology have all come out against routine circumcision of the newborn. There are also nonprofessional groups such as INTACT that are lending vigorous support.

This poster adorns my consultation rooms: PRESERVE FREEDOM OF CHOICE—ABOLISH ROUTINE CIRCUMCISION. Our problem is in educating the public and especially the media. Apparently, some of them find "foreskin" on their list of obscene words.

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