I’ve often wondered why the Wiswell report gets so much attention and is so widely believed and I think I have come to a conclusion.
Wiswell is very active in promoting universal routine infant circumcision and he is backed up by the likes of also very vocal Schoen and Morris. Think about it. Wiswell, Schoen and Morris are the only ones who have personal websites pushing this kind of information and all of the others who have websites are just echoing their false information. It’s easy to see when you read web pages of other doctors since they will verbatim repeat the assertions of the three musketeers of infant genital mutilation. Since Wiswell and Schoen were on the AAP’s Taskforce on Circumcision, they are given credibility they don’t deserve and their words are taken without challenge. It’s like the old saying that if you tell a lie often and loud enough, it becomes the truth. These doctors are just like parents that have been told that the foreskin is a problematic structure. They have been told these lies by professionals that have positions of respect and just believe them without question. They have no reason to go the extra step and see what other researchers have to say. The other researchers also don’t have the cheerleading squad to get their research the attention it deserves and to out shout the three perverts.
Thankfully, this is changing. As parents become more educated and more doctors are forced to deal with intact boys with educated parents, the medical profession is having to question some of the accepted maxims of this issue and realize that the accepted wisdom is actually idiocy. The more noise we make, the less the likes of Wiswell are heard.