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Circumcision: an Elephant in the Hospital

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What is infant circumcision? Why is the practice common in U.S. hospitals and not in other countries? What does it remove and how does that affect the child? Does scientific data suggest that circumcision has benefits? What are the potential complications? How does it affect sexuality? Is it a medical procedure or a social surgery? If it's unnecessary surgery, what about contemporary bioethics principles?

Through both a review of scientific literature and a discussion of the human cost of the procedure, this presentation explores these questions from the perspectives of the child, the adult survivor, the parent, and the practitioner.

About the Class
Course Title: 
Anthropology of Sexuality
Semester Created: 
Spring 2011
Creator(s): 
Ryan McAllister
Instructor: 
N/A
Type of Assignment: 
Lecture to the Bioethics Department at Georgetown University
GNMC Resources
Gelardin Contacts and Roles: 
Barrinton Baynes
Technology Used: 
Final Cut Pro