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Description - Circumcision: A History Of The World's Most Controversial Surgery by David L. Gollaher

This worldwide history of circumcision, from ancient times to the present, looks at the procedure as initiation, religious and social ritual, and indicator of ethnic and social status. How has a medical practice that carries substantial risk to the patient and offers very little actual benefit become so widely accepted by parents and fiercely advocated by the medical community? Historian of medicine David Gollaher tells the strange history of medicine's oldest enigma and most persistent ritual in Circumcision. From the extraordinarily painful initiation rite of the ancient Egyptians, through the Hebrew purification ritual, through circumcision's use by the rising medical community in the nineteenth century as prevention for ailments ranging from bedwetting to paralysis, the great mystery has been the persistence of the practice through vastly different social contexts.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465026531
ISBN-10: 0465026532
Format: Paperback
(225mm x 154mm x 16mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David L. Gollaher

Dr. Gollaher is President and CEO of the California Healthcare Institute and the author of Voice for the Mad: The Life of Dorothea Dix.