Date of this Version

2015

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Published version

Boyle, G.J. (2015) Does male circumcision adversely affect sexual sensation, function, or satisfaction? Critical comment on Morris and Krieger (2013). Advances in Sexual Medicine, 5, 7-12.

Copyright © 2015 by author and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

ISSN

2164-5191 PRINT, 2164-5205 Online

Abstract

Morris and Krieger (2013) have argued that male circumcision does not impact adversely on sexual sensation, satisfaction, and/or function. In the present paper, it is argued that such a view is untenable. By selectively citing Morris’ own non-peer-reviewed letters and opinion pieces purporting to show flaws in studies reporting evidence of negative effects of circumcision, and by failing adequately to account for replies to these letters by the authors of the original research (and others), Morris and Krieger give an incomplete and misleading account of the available literature. Consequently, Morris and Krieger reach an implausible conclusion that is inconsistent with what is known about the anatomy and functions of the penile foreskin, and the likely effects of its surgical removal.

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