Medicine: The Foreskin Saga

Circumcision, the ancient rite of Jews and Moslems, is now performed on 80% of all American male infants. Several doctors have recently revived an old question: Is this snip necessary? In learned articles the skeptics argue that removing the foreskin is neither hygienic nor otherwise helpful. They also claim—but have not proved—that it reduces male sexual pleasure.

Now comes Jack Harnes, a Manhattan internist, who persuaded, the staid Journal of the American Medical Association to publish what may be the last word on the subject. In "The Foreskin Saga," Harnes puts the "debate"...

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