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Urology. 2010 Jul;76(1):18-20. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2010.01.056. Epub 2010 Apr 9.

A cut above: circumcision as an ancient status symbol.

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University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey, USA. davidkaicher@hotmail.com

Abstract

Circumcision is the only surgical procedure imbued with multiple sacred meanings across many cultures. Though countless medical benefits have been attributed to circumcision, it is an operation that historically has had greater symbolic significance than medical utility. We examine how the symbolic significance of circumcision influences how it is performed in a medical context.

PMID:
20381835
DOI:
10.1016/j.urology.2010.01.056
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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