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Male and Female Circumcision

Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice

  • George C. Denniston
  • Frederick Mansfield Hodges
  • Marilyn Fayre Milos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Keynote Address

  3. The Anatomy, Physiology, and Histology of the Human Prepuce

  4. Current Research on Circumcision and Phimosis

    1. Frederick Mansfield Hodges
      Pages 37-62
    2. Steve C. Donnell
      Pages 63-65
    3. Robert S. Van Howe
      Pages 67-97
    4. Robert S. Van Howe
      Pages 99-129
  5. Genital Mutilation: Religious and Cultural Considerations

    1. Sami A. Aldeeb Abu-Salieh
      Pages 131-171
    2. Jenny Goodman
      Pages 179-182
    3. Godfrey B. Tangwa
      Pages 183-193
    4. Jeannine Parvati Baker
      Pages 195-200
  6. Psychological Aspects of Genital Mutilation

    1. Moisés Tractenberg
      Pages 209-214
    2. George C. Denniston
      Pages 221-240
    3. P. Grassivaro Gallo, L. Araldi, F. Viviani, R. Gaddini
      Pages 241-257
    4. Christopher R. Fletcher
      Pages 259-271

About this book


Every year around the world 13.3 million boys and 2 million girls have part or all of their external sex organs cut off. Doctors, parents, and politicians have been misled into thinking that these mutilations are beneficial, necessary and harmless. International respected experts in the fields of medicine, science, politics, law, ethics, sociology, anthropology, history and religion present the latest research, documentation and analysis of this world-wide problem, focusing on the ethical, political and legal aspects of sexual mutilation; the cost and burden to healthcare systems; the latest medical research; anatomical and function consequences; religious and cultural aspects; psychological aspects; and the world-wide campaign to end sexual mutilation.


Religion anthropology ethics health politics

Editors and affiliations

  • George C. Denniston
    • 1
  • Frederick Mansfield Hodges
    • 2
  • Marilyn Fayre Milos
    • 3
  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeanle
  2. 2.Wellcome Unit for the History of MedicineUniversity of OxfordOxfordEngland
  3. 3.National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource CentersSan Anselmo

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`...altogether they present an excellent overview of the current debate on circumcision, especially for those who are not so familiar with the complexity of the scientific, legal, ethical and political aspects of circumcision.'
Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 4:1 (2001)