- W. Thomas Boyce
The pediatrician inclined to read further in the extensive literature on neonatal circumcision may well be more impressed with the intensity of the arguments than with the finality of the conclusions. For many, circumcision (or its abolition) has become a cause, with all the attendant rhetoric and dogma. Yet one is struck by the high level of ambivalence with which most of us approach the issue, both as pediatricians and as parents.
One source of this ambivalence may be the uncertainty surrounding the proper role of the pediatrician in decisions regarding circumcision. Should we act simply as purveyors of medical information, leaving the decision entirely to parents? Or are we obligated to assume a position of advocacy, actively arguing for or against circumcision? At the very least, the pediatrician should be prepared to summarize for parents the evidence that may affect their decision and to provide the appropriate information and support to those who decide against the operation.
- Copyright © 1983 by the American Academy of Pediatrics