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Circumcision: A History Of The World's Most Controversial Surgery Paperback – Illustrated, February 28, 2001
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- Lexile measure : 1460L
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0465026532
- ISBN-13 : 978-0465026531
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.68 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Basic Books (February 28, 2001)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Especially revealing was the internal politics of medicine. It is scary how much of the push for medical circumcision has nothing to do with the health of the child, but everything to do with politics within the medical profession.
An excellent overview of a complicated issue.
Finally, I am amazed at how, when the facts are presented, how bizarre the ritual cutting of a boy's penis really is.
The book's pretty well balanced, though, and it does cover the arguments for circumcision (SOME of which are not bad arguments) as well as the arguments against, the connection to female "circumcision" (it's a believable one), and pretty much anything you would want to know about having some of your wiener cut off. He cites and discusses studies, historical events, and so forth.
It was so well-written and easy to read that it was very difficult to put down until the end.
Top reviews from other countries
Gollaher dispells many of the 'tales' and 'beliefs' (still often used as reasons for circumcision) by presenting the facts and allowing the reader to come to their own conclusion.
A very helpful publication for anyone wishing to understand the reasons why this out-dated practice is still rife in mainly Muslim countries and unbelievably in the USA!