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CIRCUMCISION ON THE NEWBORN-Reply

CIRCUMCISION ON THE NEWBORN-Reply Abstract To the Editor: I see from Dr. Greenblatt's short review "Circumcision in the Newborn" that he regards my small effort "The Rape of the Phallus"1 as one of the worst, if not the worst, of the articles which condemn this procedure. I accept his strictures with an almost fatalistic relish; his accusation that I appealed to emotionalism and prejudice is a compliment in comparison with some of the abusive, scurrilous, and anonymous letters I have received in the past few months.2 It has even been suggested that I should be hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee. "The Rape" was intended and, in the main, received as satire—a form of writing which is meant to appeal to reason rather than emotions. If Dr. Greenblatt were to use the same criteria to assess Voltaire's "Candide," I am sure he would classify it as a highly emotional appeal to thalamic man. References 1. Morgan, W.K.C.: JAMA 193:223, 1965.Crossref 2. Correspondence, JAMA 194:309-311, 1965.Crossref 3. Gairdner, D.: Brit Med J 2:1433, 1949.Crossref 4. Marshall, V.F.: Med Rec Ann 48:790, 1954. 5. Lilienfeld, A.M., and Graham, S.J.: J Nat Cancer Inst 21:713, 1958. 6. Jones, E.G., et al: Amer J Obstet Gynec 76:1, 1958. 7. Boyd, J.T., and Doll, R.: Brit J Cancer 18:419, 1964.Crossref 8. Stern, E., and Dixon, W.J.: Cancer 14:153, 1961.Crossref 9. Khanolkar, V.R.: Acta Un Int Cancr 6:881, 1950. 10. Aitken-Swan, J., and Baird, D.: Brit J Cancer 19:217, 1965.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1966 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090070146026
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor: I see from Dr. Greenblatt's short review "Circumcision in the Newborn" that he regards my small effort "The Rape of the Phallus"1 as one of the worst, if not the worst, of the articles which condemn this procedure. I accept his strictures with an almost fatalistic relish; his accusation that I appealed to emotionalism and prejudice is a compliment in comparison with some of the abusive, scurrilous, and anonymous letters I have received in the past few months.2 It has even been suggested that I should be hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee. "The Rape" was intended and, in the main, received as satire—a form of writing which is meant to appeal to reason rather than emotions. If Dr. Greenblatt were to use the same criteria to assess Voltaire's "Candide," I am sure he would classify it as a highly emotional appeal to thalamic man. References 1. Morgan, W.K.C.: JAMA 193:223, 1965.Crossref 2. Correspondence, JAMA 194:309-311, 1965.Crossref 3. Gairdner, D.: Brit Med J 2:1433, 1949.Crossref 4. Marshall, V.F.: Med Rec Ann 48:790, 1954. 5. Lilienfeld, A.M., and Graham, S.J.: J Nat Cancer Inst 21:713, 1958. 6. Jones, E.G., et al: Amer J Obstet Gynec 76:1, 1958. 7. Boyd, J.T., and Doll, R.: Brit J Cancer 18:419, 1964.Crossref 8. Stern, E., and Dixon, W.J.: Cancer 14:153, 1961.Crossref 9. Khanolkar, V.R.: Acta Un Int Cancr 6:881, 1950. 10. Aitken-Swan, J., and Baird, D.: Brit J Cancer 19:217, 1965.Crossref

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American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 1966

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