Preputial infibulation: from ancient medicine to modern genital piercing

  title={Preputial infibulation: from ancient medicine to modern genital piercing},
  author={Dirk Schultheiss and Johan J. Mattelaer and Frederick Mansfield Hodges},
  journal={BJU International},
Procedures to prevent the eversion of the foreskin have been in use since antiquity for various reasons. Beginning in ancient Rome as a supposed means of preserving the voice, preputial infibulation largely disappeared in Europe until it experienced a revival during the Victorian era as a clinical weapon in the medical ‘war on masturbation’. Although circumcision was the most common method of preventing masturbation in the USA and Britain, infibulation was frequently used as an alternative… 
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