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What your doctor may not tell you about circumcision
Fleiss, Paul.
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Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xvii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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RD590 .F54 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This guide aims to explode the myths and misinformation about circumcision in an acessible, easy-to-read format. After describing the anatomy of the penis and foreskin, the book explains how the procedure is actually performed. It describes the risks associated with circumcision and debunks the six most common reasons doctors will give when recommending it. It also instructs parents how to take care of their child's uncircumcised penis and provides valuable information and a list of questions that parents who still wish to have their child circumcised should ask.

Author Notes

Paul M. Fleiss was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 8, 1933. He trained as a pharmacist and osteopath. He moved to Los Angeles after a law was passed in California in the early 1960s allowing an osteopath to convert to an M.D. degree. He took his residency in pediatrics at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

He pleaded guilty in 1995 to conspiring to hide profits made by his daughter, convicted "Hollywood madam" Heidi Fleiss. He was sentenced to three years' probation, 625 hours of community service and a fine of $50,000.

He was the author or co-author of several books including Sweet Dreams, Your Premature Baby Comes Home with Juliette M. Alsobrooks, and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Circumcision with Frederick M. Hodges. He was still practicing medicine when he died on July 19, 2014 at the age of 80.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 What Is the Foreskin? Anatomical and Physiological Facts That Your Doctor May Not Knowp. 1
Chapter 2 The Functions of the Foreskinp. 17
Chapter 3 What Happens to a Baby During a Circumcision?p. 31
Chapter 4 Proven Complications and Risks of Circumcisionp. 51
Chapter 5 Disadvantages of Circumcisionp. 83
Chapter 6 Circumcision in Religionp. 95
Chapter 7 The History of Circumcisionp. 118
Chapter 8 Are There Medical Benefits to Routine Circumcision?p. 147
Chapter 9 Common Nonmedical Excuses for Routine Circumcisionp. 180
Chapter 10 Most Common Reasons Given for Postneonatal Circumcision: How to Protect Your Genitally Intact Son from Unnecessary Penile Surgeryp. 191
Chapter 11 The Care of Your Son's Intact Penisp. 208
Chapter 12 Care of the Circumcised Penisp. 215
Chapter 13 Afterthoughtsp. 224
Appendix A Position Statements on Circumcision of National and International Medical Associationsp. 228
Appendix B Resources and Organizationsp. 231
Appendix C Recommended Readingp. 234
Source Notesp. 241
Indexp. 291