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By David L. Gollaher

ISBN-10: 0465026532

ISBN-13: 9780465026531

How has a clinical perform that includes colossal hazard to the sufferer and gives little or no genuine profit develop into so generally accredited through mom and dad and fiercely encouraged by means of the clinical neighborhood? Historian of medication David Gollaher tells the unusual historical past of medicine's oldest enigma and such a lot power ritual in Circumcision. From the terribly painful initiation ceremony of the traditional Egyptians, in the course of the Hebrew purification ritual, via circumcision's use through the emerging scientific neighborhood within the 19th century as prevention for diseases starting from bedwetting to paralysis, the good secret has been the endurance of the perform via significantly various social contexts.

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25 The Jewish Tradition 11 Alarmed that men were using modern medical arts to abandon their religion, rabbis solemnly predicted the dire consequences of such procedures. "To discourage men from trying to restore their foreskins, the traditional operation was revised. Milah, as the first state of circumcision is called, simply meant cutting off a portion of an infant's foreskin. Still, enough of it usually remained to enable a surgeon to create something resembling an uncircumcised penis. To prevent this, probably around the middle of the second century, rabbis augmented milah with periah, a radical ablation of the foreskin that bared the glans entirely.

In England, a bloody crucible of religious enthusiasm and hostility, we can trace connections between scandalous hearsay about circumcision and long-simmering hostility toward Jews. In 1577 John Foxe, 18 CIRCUMCISION notable for his gruesome Book of Martyrs, delivered a Sermon Preached at the Christening of a Certain few, at London, celebrating the conversion of a Jewish immigrant named Nathaniel Menda. "10 When Foxe insinuated that Jews were fomenting a diabolical conspiracy against Christian babies, he tapped into a dark medieval tradition that had for centuries inspired fear of the Jews.

With one vertical motion downwards he cuts off close to the plate the part of the foreskin that is before it, which is being held with the left hand. If this has been done according to prescription . . 43 T h e surgery was not finished. To accomplish periah and complete the denudation of the glans, the mohel set aside his instruments and used only his thumbnail, long, lancet-shaped, filed to the sharpest possible edge. ) Directly after the cut has been made, the mohel puts the tip of his thumb nail .

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