Arch Dis Child 91:92
  • Letter

Edgar Schoen does not represent the North American view of male circumcision

  1. G Hill,
  2. J V Geisheker
  1. Doctors Opposing Circumcision, Suite 42, 2442 NW Market Street, Seattle, Washington 98107-4137, USA;

    We dispute the claim that Schoen represents the North American view.1 We think that he represents only his personal view and that of a few disciples.

    Schoen’s claims have been rejected wherever he goes. When he published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1990,2 his views were opposed by Poland.3 When he published in Acta Paediatrica Scandinavia in 1991,4 his views were rebutted by Bollgren and Winberg.5 When Schoen published in this journal in 1997,6 his views were countered by Hitchcock7 and also by Nicoll.8 In the present instance, his views are offset by Malone.9

    When the Canadian Paediatric Society published their position statement on neonatal circumcision in 1996,10 they followed the views of Poland,3 not those of Schoen.2 Although Schoen was chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) taskforce on circumcision that published in 1989,11