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Eugene Gu, MD
The medical community cannot ignore and belittle patients who were circumcised as infants who now speak out as adults that they are horrified this surgery was done to them without their informed consent. Attacking them now is an affront to patient autonomy and medical ethics.
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Eugene Gu, MD Jan 11
Replying to @pubhealthnerd
Because many physicians give wrong information to parents that the surgery is medically necessary. Coincidentally, circumcisions are massive revenue streams for doctors and the hospital so it’s an unethical conflict of interest.
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Rob Gorski Jan 11
Replying to @eugenegu
This is where I think we blur the lines between religious ritual and medical science. Correct me if I'm wrong but there is zero medical reason for performing this surgery. Isn't this more cosmetic and religiously motivated than medically necessary?
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Eugene Gu, MD Jan 11
Replying to @The_Autism_Dad
It is absolutely not medically necessary at all. I’ve performed circumcisions that I now profoundly regret. Sometimes the babies are in so much pain some of them initially cry and then go quiet as they go into mental shock. Never again.
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Charlyn Jan 11
Admittedly, this was not predictable and is an anomaly. However it is not accurate to say that there is absolutely zero medical reason for circumcision.
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Eugene Gu, MD Jan 11
Of course. Circumcision is medically necessary for phimosis and several other indications. I completely support circumcision when it is medically necessary. Unfortunately, the vast majority of circumcisions performed in the US are for cultural reasons and are totally unnecessary.
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