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This may be a repeat... but worthy.... a good choice of powerful and informative articles, both to support intactness AND keep our sons safe from medical ignorance.
Direct link: http://www.nocirc.org/articles/
Or from the nocirc main page, click on 'directory' and then 'important articles'
I think I'm just over 5 years 'researching' this issue and I'm pretty sure a few of these are new to me. BTW, I noticed this from the Mothering weekly email 10/21/08. Marilyn Milos' response to a parents question about forced retraction was featured in the email...(http://www.mothering.com/sections/ex...s-archive.html 'retracted foreskin') In her response she referenced this resource (along with a few nocirc pamphlets). From her response:
|Go to www.nocirc.org, click on Directory in the menu at the top of the homepage, again on Important Articles, and read the second, third, and fourth articles. Also, click on the pamphlets on the homepage and read three, four, six, and seven. Once you've done that, you'll know more than most doctors learned in medical school and you'll know how to care for your son and what he needs should a problem occur.|
The reference page links to each of the resources in the 'brief articles' section.
For the 'in depth articles' section there is a short summary of the information with links to the full articles. Here's just the citations...
Articles on Circumcision
Infant Circumcision: "What I Wish I Had Known", by Marilyn Milos, RN, Director, NOCIRC. The Truth Seeker, July/August, 1989.
Unnecessary Circumcision, by George Denniston, MD. The Female Patient, July 1992.
The Case Against Circumcision, by Paul M. Fleiss, MD, MPH, FAAP. Mothering Magazine, Fall 1997.
Protect Your Uncircumcised Son, by Paul M. Fleiss, MD, MPH, FAAP. Mothering Magazine, November/December 2000.
Newborns: Care of the Uncircumcised Penis, an information sheet by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Separated at Birth, Mark Jenkins Men's Health Magazine July/August 1998
Daddy, Why is Your Penis Different From Mine?, by Dick Gilkeson. Mentor, Fall 1992.
Psychological Considerations, by John Rhinehart, MD (1999).
Circumcision: Human Rights and Ethical Medical Practice , by James W. Prescott, Marilyn Fayre Milos and George C. Denniston. The Humanist, Volume 59, Number 3, May-June 1999.
The Ideal Prepuce in Ancient Greece and Rome:PDF Male Genital Aesthetics and Their Relation to Lipodermos, Circumcision, Foreskin Restoration, and the Kynodesme, by Frederick M. Hodges, DPhil (Oxon). Bulletin of Historical Medicine, 2001.
Similarities between male circumcision and female genital mutilation, by Hanny Lightfoot-Klein.
Frenulum Breve Affects Around 5% of Uncircumcised Men- The Guardian, London, February 28, 2002.
Encyclopedia Americana entry on circumcision.
From BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, Volume 2, Number 4642: Pages 1433-1437,December 24, 1949. THE FATE OF THE FORESKIN A STUDY OF CIRCUMCISION by DOUGLAS GAIRDNER, D.M., M.R.C.P.
The history of circumcision in the United States has been extensively researched by medical historian David Gollaher [J. Social History 1994; 28:5-36].
Ongoing American Discussion
Below the Belt: Doctors, Debate, and the Ongoing American Discussion of Routine Neonatal Male Circumcision. The complete article in Adobe PDF format
The impact of circumcision on male sexuality is described by Marilyn Milos and Donna Macris in
Human Sexuality: an Encyclopedia [Garland, New York, 1994, p. 119-122].
Oh, goodness just noticing this resource list has resurfaced with the new forum host... Or maybe I just haven't made my way over to the resource threads in a while. Anyways.... there are so many new resources to list here.... and brand new organizations like Intact America and the WHOLE Network.... who wants to start?
(My dd just fell asleep on me, so I'm out at the moment- 3 1/2 is too hard to type and hold her head on my arm!)
Parents considering infant circumcision should REALLY check out Circumcision Decision-Maker. It takes you through each of your reasons for wanting circumcision one at a time and then gives you some expert opinion. It also has a lot of information on penis anatomy, how the foreskin develops, circumcision, and care of the intact penis including washing instructions.
This is the best resource on circumcision I've seen in years- and probably if there was only one chance, this is what I would give to someone.
It's that good.
Child Circumcision: an Elephant in the Hospital
by Ryan McAllister
From the description:
"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.
Ryan McAllister, PhD, is a parent, a biophysicist, an Assistant Professor of Physics and Oncology at Georgetown University, and also a volunteer who supports parents and families. Over the last 10 years he has been studying the medicalization of childbirth in U.S. hospitals.
The slides, supplementary material, references and a copy of the video can be downloaded here:
NOTE: This presentation includes some graphic slides necessary to present the procedure and anatomy being discussed."
Short version just added: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGnpdO4iKQ0
Video also located at http://www.notjustskin.org/ Circumcision FAQ
--- check out State & Regional Chapters, too https://www.facebook.com/WholeNetwork?sk=app_4949752878 (see below)
https://www.facebook.com/SavingOurSons (savingpenises.org )
Today's listings for locations of the Whole Network
The WHOLE Network
Military Families Abroad
Circumcision videos from a more neutrally acceptable site. Note:
"This site is designed to support the educational goals of our pediatric trainees and provide a useful resource for health care professionals worldwide who are caring for newborns.
If you are an expectant parent looking for information about maternity services at Stanford Hospital, or for health information about pregnant mothers or newborns, please use the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital website. The links below are designed for use by physicians and other health professionals."
"The information contained in the links below is intended for health care providers who are caring for newborns in a setting where circumcision might be desired by the parents. Written information, photos of conditions that cause concern or present a contraindication, and video clips of the three most common techniques used for the procedure are presented."
If someone wants to transcribe parts of the video- pm- me and I'll add text here. I cannot do it.
My notes: The information appears to have been edited from when I first saw this a couple years ago (2006). For example, there are now more warning about graphic material before entering a site, at least one video has been changed, I believe a recent newborn circumcision picture is off the main page and a newborn photo is there instead, and references to offensive aesthetic commentary/description are removed. The first time I saw the website, on one of the vids, a doctor was talking about a 'pretty penis' and one of the videos had a little blurb next to it: "Because of the excellent cosmetic results he obtains with this technique, other physicians often request his services for their own family members". Also one of the video the doctor was not gloved for some (all?) of the procedure. Anyways, the good news is that it has been significantly changed from the first time I saw it, the bad news is that no one questioned this as a teaching resource. I saw the site because it was posted as a resource on a pro-circ parenting support thread with 'compliments' about how useful it was. A link to the old MDC thread with the raw comments is here: http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/542818/another-circ-medical-site-and-video