Circumcision: A History of the World's Most Controversial Surgery
This worldwide history of circumcision, from ancient times to the present, looks at the procedure as initiation, religious and social ritual, and indicator of ethnic and social status. How has a medical practice that carries substantial risk to the patient and offers very little actual benefit become so widely accepted by parents and fiercely advocated by the medical community? Historian of medicine David Gollaher tells the strange history of medicine's oldest enigma and most persistent ritual. From the extraordinarily painful initiation rite of the ancient Egyptians, through the Hebrew purification ritual, through circumcision's use by the rising medical community in the 19th century as prevention for ailments ranging from bedwetting to paralysis, the great mystery has been the persistence of the practice through vastly different social contexts.
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Review: Circumcision: A History Of The World's Most Controversial SurgeryUser Review - T. Strange - Goodreads
Very interesting and horrifying. Read full review
Review: Circumcision: A History Of The World's Most Controversial SurgeryUser Review - Zack - Goodreads
Damn. This was a really interesting book. Left me feeling like circumcision is indeed pretty fucked up. I miss my foreskin. Read full review