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Happy 140th anniversary of circumcision in the US!

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Happy 140th anniversary of circumcision in the US!

Postby savenger » Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:37 pm

The book that started it all in 1877 that kicked off the craze that is still here 140 years later!

http://web.archive.org/web/200810051049 ... lPlai.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Harvey_Kellogg
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Re: Happy 140th anniversary of circumcision in the US!

Postby Cufflinks » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:33 am

Oh my.
Are we sure we want to celebrate the late Kellogg?
That man, I feel, quoted all the wrong reasons.
I suggest celebrating Hanukkah properly next time instead.
:)
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Re: Happy 140th anniversary of circumcision in the US!

Postby Gemlt » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:22 pm

I've read about Kellogg, but I've never actually read any of his work before. I'll admit that it's fascinating, but in a kind of 'witnessing a car accident' way. His ethos appears to be devestatingly Victorian. I'd go into details, but all you have to do is read any given paragraph to see what I mean. I have to admit that I found it mildly hilarious that he transitions the topic from trans-species organ transplantation to circumcision without any apparent motive or warning.
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Re: Happy 140th anniversary of circumcision in the US!

Postby savenger » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:32 am

Yeah, that was the times back then, but he and several other physicians did popularize circumcision and if you look at the trends after 1877 and when more children where being born in hospitals, circumcision rates went through the roof. Even in Britain it was prominent before 1947, so I think we have to give Mr. Kellogg his due even if his reasoning for doing it was a bit silly and Victorian haha.
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