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Circumcision: A History of the World’s Most Controversial Surgery
David L. Gollaher. A fascinating & comprehensive history of circumcision, the most common surgical procedure in the U.S. How has a medical practice that carries substantial risk to the patient & offers very little actual benefit become so widely accepted by parents & fiercely advocated by the medical community? Gollaher tells the history of medicine’s oldest enigma & most persistent ritual. From the extraordinarily painful initiation rite of the ancient Egyptians, through the Hebrew purification ritual, through circumcision’s use by the rising medical community in the 19th century as prevention for ailments ranging from bedwetting to paralysis, the great mystery has been the persistence of the practice through vastly different social contexts. Black & white illustrations.
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