The Rise of Circumcision in Victorian America


  • Eleanor Self


“The Rise of Circumcision in Victorian America” analyzes how male circumcision became a routine medical practice for American newborns in the nineteenth century. It examines the way in which this medical choice was influenced by social, religious, and cultural factors that were unique to America at the time. This essay argues that it was a combination of these factors that created the appropriate environment through which routine circumcision could be adopted into common medical practice. It was the environment surrounding the circumcision debate in America that allowed for its acceptance in American medicine while it was rejected in other western nations.