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J R Coll Physicians Edinb. 2005 Oct;35(3):279-85.

Ritual male circumcision: a brief history.


Circumcision is arguably the oldest surgical procedure, preformed since before recorded history. This paper looks at its history and speculates on why and how it spread; at what it can teach us about the origins of the Bantu tribes of Southern Africa; all of whom practice circumcision, and finally looks at medical aspects of circumcision and its place in developing societies.

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