Male infant circumcision, a frequent American medical practice and surgically identical in result to Jewish ritual circumcision, is rare or uncommon in the rest of the world. Most Americans, Gentile and Jewish, have little understanding of what happens in a circumcision or why it is performed. This book explains how and why circumcision emerged as a popular custom in the United States after nearly two millennia of exclusively Jewish circumcision countered by vigorous Christian rejection.
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