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Originally posted by TasteTheMagick
reply to post by vonspurter
It probably became widespread in America because of all the dogma and rumors that surrounded the practice. People thought that you would live longer if it was done, or that it would keep you from getting sicknesses. People STILL think that and it makes sense that it spread a long time ago because of the same old wives tales.
The major medical societies in the USA, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not recommend routine non-therapeutic infant circumcision. Major medical organizations in the United States and Canada now say that parents should decide what is in their child's best interests, declining to make a recommendation one way or another. The AAP advises that "Physicians counseling families concerning this decision should assist the parents by explaining the potential benefits and risks and by ensuring that they understand that circumcision is an elective procedure."
Table 1: International circumcision rates Country Year Neonatal circumcisions (%)
United States 2003 55.9%* 
Canada 2003 < 14% 
Australia 2004 10%-20% 
New Zealand 1995 0-5%** 
In cases of masturbation we must, I believe, break the habit by inducing such a condition of the parts as will cause too much local suffering to allow of the practice being continued. For this purpose, if the prepuce is long, we may circumcise the male patient with present and probably with future advantage; the operation, too, should not be performed under chloroform, so that the pain experienced may be associated with the habit we wish to eradicate.
Originally posted by greeneyedleo
So why is this?