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Male and Female Circumcision

Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice

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Table of contents (41 chapters)

  1. Keynote Address

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

  3. Current Research on Circumcision and Phimosis

  4. Genital Mutilation: Religious and Cultural Considerations

  5. Psychological Aspects of Genital Mutilation


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.


`...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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Washington, Seanle

    George C. Denniston

  • Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, England

    Frederick Mansfield Hodges

  • National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers, San Anselmo

    Marilyn Fayre Milos

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Male and Female Circumcision

  • Book Subtitle: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice

  • Editors: George C. Denniston, Frederick Mansfield Hodges, Marilyn Fayre Milos

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  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-306-46131-6Published: 31 August 1999

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4757-8179-3Published: 20 March 2013

  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-585-39937-9Published: 27 August 2007

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 547

  • Topics: Pediatrics, Ethics, Religious Studies, general, Regional and Cultural Studies, Public International Law

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