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A Surgical Temptation: The Demonization of the Foreskin and the Rise of Cir…


In the eighteenth century, the Western world viewed circumcision as an embarrassing disfigurement peculiar to Jews. A century later, British doctors urged parents to circumcise their sons as a routine precaution against every imaginable sexual dysfunction, from syphilis and phimosis to masturbation and bed-wetting. Thirty years later the procedure again came under hostile scrutiny, culminating in its disappearance during the 1960s.

Why Britain adopted a practice it had traditionally abhorred…

A Surgical Temptation

Pub Date : 2013-09-20 | Author : Robert Darby | Publisher : University of Chicago Press

ISBN 10 : 9780226109787
ISBN 13 : 022610978X

In the eighteenth century, the Western world viewed circumcision as an embarrassing disfigurement peculiar to Jews. A century later, British doctors urged parents to circumcise the..

Letters At 3am

Pub Date : 1993-11-01 | Author : Michael Ventura | Publisher : Spring Pubns

ISBN 10 : UOM:39015032739479
ISBN 13 :

These hard-hitting, heart-rending pieces, collected from L.A. Weekly, cover the continent's shadow from Brooklyn to Texas to Hollywood - & across to the shores of the Gulf War. Mor..

The Ethnobotany Of Eden

Pub Date : 2018-06-20 | Author : Robert A. Voeks | Publisher : University of Chicago Press

ISBN 10 : 9780226547855
ISBN 13 : 022654785X

In the mysterious and pristine forests of the tropics, a wealth of ethnobotanical panaceas and shamanic knowledge promises cures for everything from cancer and AIDS to the common c..

Reading Clocks Alla Turca

Pub Date : 2015-07-07 | Author : Avner Wishnitzer | Publisher : University of Chicago Press

ISBN 10 : 9780226257860
ISBN 13 : 022625786X

Up until the end of the eighteenth century, the way Ottomans used their clocks conformed to the inner logic of their own temporal culture. However, this began to change rather dram..

Clicko

Pub Date : 2010-12-01 | Author : Neil Parsons | Publisher : University of Chicago Press

ISBN 10 : 9780226647425
ISBN 13 : 0226647420

Originally published: Auckland Park, South Africa: Jacana Media, 2009...

Political Ethnography

Pub Date : 2013-02-11 | Author : Edward Schatz | Publisher : University of Chicago Press

ISBN 10 : 0226736784
ISBN 13 : 9780226736785

Scholars of politics have sought in recent years to make the discipline more hospitable to qualitative methods of research. Lauding the results of this effort and highlighting its ..

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