By Robert Darby

ISBN-10: 022610110X

ISBN-13: 9780226101101

In the eighteenth century, the Western global considered circumcision as an embarrassing disfigurement strange to Jews. A century later, British medical professionals recommended mom and dad to circumcise their sons as a regimen precaution opposed to each that you can think of sexual disorder, from syphilis and phimosis to masturbation and bed-wetting. Thirty years later the method back got here less than adverse scrutiny, culminating in its disappearance through the 1960s.

Why Britain followed a tradition it had frequently abhorred after which deserted it after purely generations is the topic of A Surgical Temptation. Robert Darby unearths that circumcision has constantly been concerning the query of the way to manage male sexuality. This research explores the method through which the male genitals, and the foreskin specifically, have been pathologized, whereas providing glimpses into the lives of such figures as James Boswell, John Maynard Keynes, and W. H. Auden. analyzing the advance of data approximately genital anatomy, thoughts of well-being, sexual morality, the increase of the clinical career, and the character of illness, Darby indicates how those elements remodeled attitudes towards the male physique and its administration and performed an important function within the emergence of contemporary medicine.

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