American Circumcision: True or False?
Test your knowledge on the most common surgery performed on infants and children.
What is your profession/occupation? (i.e. OB/GYN, RN, Doctor, Doula, Professor, Parent, Student, etc.) *
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1. During the late 1800's, in England and the U.S., physicians believed that male circumcision cured masturbation, which consequently "cured" diseases such as epilepsy, lunacy, and hysteria. *
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2. By the mid-1900's, physicians across the developed world recognized that there was no medical necessity for infant circumcision so they stopped practicing it. For the same reason, the practice ended in the U.S. *
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3. There is consensus in the scientific literature that circumcision protects against penile cancer. *
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4. There is consensus in the scientific literature that circumcision protects against UTIs. *
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5. There is consensus in the scientific literature that circumcision protects against STIs. *
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6. There is consensus in the scientific literature that circumcision protects against HIV. *
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7. Infants do not feel pain nor do they remember pain. Therefore, managing pain in infants does not have to be a top priority. *
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8. The American Academy of Pediatrics (the conveyor of circumcision policies to the country) is fully aware of the benefits and risks regarding circumcision. *
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9. All American physicians and nurses are fully educated on the form, function, and value of intact male genitalia during their medical schooling. *
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10. All American physicians and nurses are fully educated on the proper care and the ease of care of intact male genitalia. *
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11. Many American parents do not know of the purported medical benefits of infant circumcision. *
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12. Routine, non-therapeutic infant male circumcision has been on the decline in the past two decades. *
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*BONUS QUESTION: The Jewish circumcision ritual, the Bris, performed today is identical to the circumcision ritual performed in ancient Judaic history.
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*BONUS QUESTION: Circumcision is mentioned in the Qur'an.
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*BONUS QUESTION: Circumcision is encouraged in Christianity.
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