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Doctors back circumcision

August 29, 2012

On 27 August, a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concludes for the first time that, overall, boys will be healthier if circumcised1. The report says that although the choice is ultimately up to parents, medical insurance should pay for the procedure. The recommendation, coming from such an influential body, could boost US circumcision rates, which, at 55%, are already higher than much of the developed world (see ‘Cuts by country’). “This time around, we could say that the medical benefits outweigh the risks of the procedure,” says Douglas Diekema, a paediatrician and ethicist at the University of Washington, Seattle, who served on the circumcision task force for the AAP, headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The recommendation is also sure to stir up debate. The practice of circumcision cuts deeper than the body, tapping into religious rituals and cultural identities. What is a harmless snip to some signifies mutilation to others. And in the developing world, many see it as an essential life-saving measure. Condoms are more effective at preventing disease, but are not used consistently.

Excerpt of an article written by Monya Baker, Nature. Continue HERE

2 comments

  1. I’m going to have to disagree with the AAP then. I guess I’m in the mutilation camp. Seems to me that having your foreskin chopped off ought to be a personal decision, not one determined by your parents or your doctor. I didn’t do this to my son, but I did tell him a few years ago that if he wanted to have it done, I’d pay for it.

    He wasn’t interested.


  2. I agree with you. Mutilated by tradition is not the way to go. In a similar way I also see language as a way of mutilating our perception. Language can be violent too.



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