Circumcision: A History Of The World's Most Controversial Surgery

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Basic Books, Feb 28, 2001 - History - 272 pages
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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 in Circumcision. 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 nineteenth 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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Circumcision has never been so enjoyable. Gollaher (Voice for the Mad: The Life of Dorothea Dix, 1995) offers a fascinating and comprehensive history of the most common surgical procedure in the US ... Read full review


Cha ptcr 1 The jewish Tradition
Chapter4 From Rrtual to Science
Chaptcr5 The Fabric of the Foreskin
Chapter7 Backlash
Chapter8 Female Circumcision
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Dr. Gollaher is President and CEO of the California Healthcare Institute and the author of Voice for the Mad: The Life of Dorothea Dix. He lives in San Diego, California.

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