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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