This is what I sent so far...
The 1800s thing was probabaly reference to american circumcison...not worldwide. I think everyone knows it's been going since biblical times...however the foreskin is not just for sensitvity....:
The foreskin also serves as a vital defense against infection. Just as the eyelids protect the eyes, the foreskin covers and protects the urinary opening, helping to maintain the sterility of the urinary tract. It also keeps the surface of the glans soft, moist, and sensitive. Thus it maintains optimal warmth, pH balance, and cleanliness.13 Between the foreskin and glans, an antiviral, antibacterial substance called smegma accumulates. Smegma contains several protective substances, including an immunoprotective enzyme, lysozyme, which is also found in tears, breast milk, and other body fluids. When the foreskin is removed during circumcision, smegma no longer accumulates between the foreskin and glans, and smegmaa^?(TM)s immunoprotective properties are lost.14
While you are researching would you just consider that you would not be considering this if you had a girl? Many african cultures teach that girls should be circumcised for the same reasons that we circumcise here in US...and we are horrified by Female genital mutilataion.
As for your freind who wishes he was circumsized he can have the procedure done now and b/c it is his body he has that right. I would not think any man who wants to be cut shouldn't be...babies however are not given the option.
I also have lots of info on the so called "sugar water" as far as helping distract babies. Another think to think about is that the spread eagle position is the mos vulnerable and frightenning position for any human...no matter the age. It is terrifying for an infant to be starpped in that way and then have surgery.
I hope we can keep this dialogue open b/c I would love to see you change your mind.