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Unformatted text preview: Ian OConnor Rachel Ha rvey Section 0270 1 Male Circumcision & The Persistence of Religious I nstitutions I n the American Medical Community An examination of circumcision as a religious and medical practice with support from Robert Darbys article The sorcerers Apprentice: why cant se stop circumcising boys? Ever since Moses came down the mountain to deliver the Ten Commandments to the infidels of the world, circumcision has been, and persists to be a prevalent, yet peculiar practice. It all started with Judeo- Christian religious institutions superstitious attitudes towards the foreskin thousands of years ago. Back then, circumcision was purely for religious practice. I t was dirty, messy and painful. It continued throughout history and peaked in the English-speaking world in the early 20 th century, when they circumcision was alleged to have medical benefits. Ever since circumcision rates were first recorded in the 19 th century, they have been on a steady climb, and peaked well over 60% by about mid-century in most western countries. In all countries besides the United States, circumcision is for all intents and purposes gone. However the practice of circumcision has remained popular in the USA well into the 21 st century. Circumcision is an Ian OConnor...
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2009 for the course ANT 2301 taught by Professor Gravlee during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.
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