When and why did doctors in the U.S. start circumcising babies?
Doctors in the English-speaking countries started circumcising babies in the mid-1800s to “prevent masturbation,” which was blamed for causing many diseases, including epilepsy, tuberculosis, and insanity. Other reasons have been given since then, but all of them, including the claim that circumcision prevents cancer of the penis, cancer of the cervix, and venereal diseases, have been disproven. We now know that the foreskin is a normal, sensitive, functional part of the body.
Courtesy of NOCIRC – Publication downloadable here
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