by Lena Nyhus
“Cultural Bias in the AAP’s 2012 Technical Report and Policy Statement on Male Circumcision”
38 high-ranking medical doctors and professors from 17 western countries outside of the US strongly criticise the AAP stance on male circumcision in new medical article published in AAPs own journal Pediatrics (imagine that going through peer review). Danish medical Professor Morten Frisch is lead author on the paper..
I’m sure you’re eager to read the new article, but although they have promised to make the entire thing free to all readers, Pediatrics have only opened for the abstract. However, I got my hands on the whole thing. Read it here Pediatrics-2013-Frisch-peds.2012-2896
Don’t let anyone get the idea that these 38 widely respected medical professionals are alone. If you Google them, you’ll notice that they all represent major medical societies and other influential institutions in the European medical community and they’re backed up by statements made by several national medical associations in Europe, among them the Danish, Dutch and German.
And that’s not all. Several other articles have been written about the lack of ethics and flawed methods of medical analysis applied by AAP in their stance on male circumcision. Out of step: fatal flaws in the latest AAP policy report on neonatal circumcision is an immensely interesting read and that goes for Prophylactic interventions on children: balancing human rights with public health as well.
Basically, what they say is: Hands of the boys! There is no reason what-so-ever to cut into non-consenting healthy children, anyone who claims otherwise must have a strong cultural bias in stead of the objective conservative view, that all medical professionals should strive for.
Of course the AAP responded to the criticism, read their response here Pediatrics-2013–peds.2013-0081
Their response has been heavily criticised by a number sources, read a couple of the comments posted directly to the Pediatrics own page here.
- Male circumcision tied to less sexual pleasure (healthnexercise.com)
- Circumcision Decreases Sensitivity And Sexual Enjoyment, Study Finds (failedmessiah.typepad.com)