The case against neonatal circumcision

Britisch Medical Journal, Volume 1: Page 1423, 26 May 1979.

p("Sir,—I have recently retired from some 15 years as the part-time medical officer of a large boys school. Having read your " . llink("/library/general/BMJ/","leading article") . " (5 May, p 1163) about circumcision I regret that I did not keep statistics and that a clinical impression will have to suffice."); p("At school entry at age 11, very few (other than Jews) had been circumcised. Quite a lot, between 10% and 40% had foreskins which would not easily retract. None of these had any history of pain or difficulty in micturition. I watched the first batches annually and anxiously, but soon learnt that by age 14 or 15 nearly all had become normally retractable. I only recall two circumcisions, with an annual intake of about 100. Obviously nearly all of those had preputial adhesions and no phimosis. Probably a vigorous and painful examination at the age of 11 would have found the rare true phimosis sooner. I thought, and still think, it unjustifiable and indeed contraindicated. What are the experiences of other school medical officers?");

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