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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."

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., author

The Truth Seeker

JULY/AUGUST 1989 Vol. 1 No. 3

Freethinker's Publication Since 1873 
A Bimonthly Journal of Free Thought and Inquiry

FEATURE ARTICLES
Religious-Psychological Perspectives:
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3 INFANT CIRCUMCISION: "WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN"
Marilyn Fayre Milos
4 RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS AND CIRCUMCISIONS
Gerald A. Larue
9 THE GEOGRAPHY OF GENITAL MUTILATIONS
James DeMeo
14 GENITAL PAIN VS. GENITAL PLEASURE: WHY THE ONE AND NOT THE OTHER?

James W. Prescott
Social Cultural Perspectives:
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22 FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION—STRATEGIES FOR ERADICATION
Fran P. Hosken
31 EPIDEMIOLOGY OF FEMALE SEXUAL CASTRATION IN CAIRO, EGYPT

Mohamed Badawi
Medical Perspectives:
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35 FIRST, DO NO HARM
George C. Denniston
39 THE PROBLEM OF CIRCUMCISION IN AMERICA
James L. Snyder
43 CULTURAL BIAS AND THE URINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI) CIRCUMCISION CONTROVERSY
Martin Altschul
46 LETTERS

Paul M. Fleiss; David S. Bate & John A Erickson
Legal Perspectives:
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47 THE FIRST CIRCUMCISION CASE
Richard W. Morris
50 NEWBORN CIRCUMCISION RESOLUTION

John W. Hardebeck
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PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIAL TRANSFORMATIONS
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51 TESTIMONY AGAINST CIRCUMCISION
James L. Snyder
52 DECLARATION OF THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CIRCUMCISION j j
52 CIRCUMCISION NIGHTMARE
A Case Report
53 UNIVERSAL DECLARATION ON CIRCUMCISION, EXCISION AND INCISION
Resolution of the First International Symposium on Circumcision
54 AN ACT TO PROHIBIT GENITAL MUTILATIONS

A Citizen's Petition
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DEPARTMENTS
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55 SUPERIOR MEN, CHAPTER IV
James Hervey Johnson
56 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND RESOURCES j j

 

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