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Evaluations of circumcision should be circumscribed by the evidence
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    Re:The evidence demand protection of children from circumcision.

    Case against circumcision overstated.

    In his eLetter George Hill asserts, of circumcision, that "The evidence of injury to the child's sexual function is now conclusive". However, this view is not supported by the literature he cites. He tells us that Podnar found that the penilo-cavernosus reflex is harder to elicit in circumcised men (or those with their foreskins retracted)1. So it is harder to elicit a co...

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    The evidence demand protection of children from circumcision.


    Dear Editor:

    Benetar argues:

    "If circumcision is a net benefit to a child, parents do not violate his rights to bodily integrity or self-determination by circumcising him. Careful attention to (the evidence for) the costs and benefits of circumcision to the child himself is thus essential."1

    The evidence of injury to the child's sexual func...

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