Medical history and medical practice: persistent myths about the foreskin

@article{Darby2003MedicalHA,
  title={Medical history and medical practice: persistent myths about the foreskin},
  author={Robert Darby},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
  year={2003},
  volume={178}
}
  • R. Darby
  • Published 1 February 2003
  • Medicine
  • Medical Journal of Australia
Although many 19th-century misconceptions about the foreskin have been dispelled since it was shown that infantile phimosis was not an abnormality, the ideas that ritual or religious circumcision arose as a hygiene measure, and that circumcision makes no difference to sexual response, have persisted. The first idea should be dismissed as a myth and the second has been seriously questioned by modern research. 
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