Circumcision: Unkindest Cut?

A new report says circumcision isn't as helpful--or as horrible--as you might have heard

As if parents didn't have enough to feel guilty about. Some advocacy groups are trying to convince them that circumcision--the cutting away of the foreskin of the penis--is the most barbaric thing they can do to a newborn boy. Others believe circumcision will make a boy healthier and happier all his life. The truth is far less dramatic. According to a review of 40 years of data published last week by the American Academy of Pediatrics, circumcision does provide some potential medical benefits, but they are not so overwhelming that parents should feel compelled to have it done.

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