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For many new parents, whether to have a newborn son undergo circumcision has become one of the most difficult and anxiety-provoking decisions of the neonatal period. Although many parents approach this decision with relatively little reflection, having had their minds made up for a long time, others agonize, often sensitive to the current debate in the larger culture. Although circumcision has ancient roots, dating back 6,000 years to Egypt,1 and although it remains the most common operation performed on males in the United States,2 a period of significant reevaluation is underway, in part because of the development of...

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