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The first intensive exploration of the unrecognized psychological and social aspects of this increasingly controversial American cultural practice. Endorsed by dozens of professionals in psychology, psychiatry, child development, pediatrics, obstetrics, childbirth education, sociology and anthropology.

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"What's done to children, they will do to society."

Karl Menninger, psychiatrist

"Parents do not know what they are choosing, and physicians do not feel what they are doing."

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., author

"In response to circumcision, the baby cries a helpless, panicky, breathless, high-pitched cry!...[or] lapses into a semi-coma. Both of these states...are abnormal states in the newborn."

Justin Call, M.D., pediatrician

"Doctors who circumcise are the most resistant to change. They will not admit that they made a critical mistake by amputating an important part of the penis."

Paul Fleiss, M.D., pediatrician

"In this case, the old dictum 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' seems to make good sense."

Eugene Robin, M.D., professor

"A whole life can be shaped by an old trauma, remembered or not."

Lenore Terr, M.D., child psychiatrist

"If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."


"We are interconnected. When a baby boy's sexuality is not safe, no one's sexuality is safe."

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., author
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Doctors Re-Examine Circumcision    OUT OF STOCK

Thomas J. Ritter, M.D.

George C. Denniston, M.D.

Foreword by Ashley Montagu, Ph.D.

About The Authors

Thomas J. Ritter, M.D., has practiced general surgery for over three decades, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Ritter is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. The father of six children, he lives with his wife in Pennsylvania.

George C. Denniston, M.D., M.P.H., is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health, and is associated with the Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington. He lives with his wife in Seattle.


1. Circumcision Inflicts a Diminished Penis on Your Newborn Baby Boy

2. Circumcision Is Really Foreskin Amputation, and Is Abusive

3. Circumcision Is Very Painful and Traumatizing--A Terrible Way to Welcome Your Newborn

4. Circumcision Produces Psychological and Emotional Pain and Anguish to Sons and Parents

5. Circumcision Creates Unnecessary Surgical Risks and Complications

6. Cleanliness and Hygienic Reasons Mandate That We Do Not Circumcise

7. No Extra Care Is Needed for an Intact Infant or Young Boy

8. Your Son Will Learn How Simple It Is to Keep Himself Clean

9. The Foreskin Is Normal and Natural

10. What Looks "Funny" to Some Is Natural and Normal

11. When Unaroused, the Glans of the Penis Is Meant to Be an Internal Organ, Like the Clitoris

12. The Foreskin Enhances Sexual Pleasure!

13. Circumcision Robs the Male of His Birthright--A Fully Functioning Penis

14. It Makes Just As Much Sense to Circumcise Baby Girls

15. Circumcision is a Disservice to Both the Male and Female--Especially in Later Life

16. Europeans and Asians Do Not Circumcise Their Sons

17. The "I'm Circumcised and I'm Fine" Syndrome

18. Circumcision Removes a Lot More Than a Little Snip of Skin

19. Your Son's Penis Does Not Have to Look Like His Father's

20. Men Circumcised as Infants Are Even Now Restoring Their Foreskins

21. Males with Foreskins Will Have a Lot of Company in the Locker Room

22. Males Masturbate Whether They Have Foreskins or Not

23. The History of Circumcision is Filled with Hysteria, Bias, Misinformation, etc.

24. Christianity Does Not Require or Promote Circumcision

25. Some Jewish People Are Even Changing Their Minds on Circumcision

26. Don't Be Fooled, Most Books, Including Medical Textbooks, Contain Inaccurate Information

27. Don't Accept, at Face Value, What Your Doctor Has to Say About Circumcision

28. Most Physicians Are Circumcised Males or Female Doctors Whose Husbands or Sons Are Circumcised

29. Make No Mistake, There Is Money in Circumcision

30. Circumcision Does Not Prevent Premature Ejaculation

31. Penile and Cervical Cancer Are Not Valid Reasons for Infant Circumcision

32. The Uncircumcised Penis Is Not More Prone to Urinary Tract Infections

33. The Uncircumcised Penis is Not More Likely to Spread STD's, Including AIDS

34. No, He Probably Won't Have to Have It Done Later Anyway

35. Intact Men Are More Likely to Use a Condom

36. Major Medical Associations Say Circumcision Is Unnecessary

37. Some Insurance Companies and Programs Are No Longer Paying for Routine Infant Circumcision

38. Many Noted Physicians and Others Have Spoken Out Against Circumcision

39. If You're Not Sure--Don't Do It!

40. Say No to Circumcision!

Physician's Guide to the Normal (Intact) Penis
Notes and Selected Medical References
Infant Circumcision Surgery in Photos

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