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Circumcision and Human Rights

pp 97-108

Variations in Penile Anatomy and Their Contribution to Medical Mischief

  • Ken McGrathAffiliated withSenior Lecturer in Pathology in the Faculty of Health, Auckland University of Technology

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Abstract

It is clear that the human penis is as individual as a fingerprint, so that no two are alike. Some of the variations have been used as justifications for circumcision, but are they common or genuinely pathological? And can the modern standardized methods (“one size fits all”) provide a predictable result in the face of such variation or any therapeutic value? Three of these variations will be reviewed for their nature and significance.