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Pract Midwife. 2012 Dec;15(11):27-8.

Female circumcision: double standards.

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Salford University.


Female circumcision is an emotive subject condemned by all and thought to be practised by less developed countries than the United Kingdom (UK) and United States of America (USA). However, this is now a growing business among western cosmetic surgeons as these two nations become entangled in the search for 'the perfect body'. The difference lies only in the who, why, where and by whom the operations are performed in these two distinct worlds. The most frightening observation is the rate at which this business is growing in the National Health Service (NHS) and public sector.

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