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Author Darby, Robert (Robert J. L.)
Title A surgical temptation : the demonization of the foreskin and the rise of circumcision in Britain / Robert Darby
Imprint Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, c2005
book jacket
 Modern History Library  392.109 D213    AVAILABLE    30550100364833
 Ethnology Library  GN484 D37 2005    AVAILABLE    30520020641156
Descript xi, 374 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-364) and index
Introduction: the willful organ meets fantasy surgery -- The best of your property : what a boy once knew about sex -- Pathologizing male sexuality : the masturbation phobia and the invention of spermatorrhea -- The shadow of Parson Malthus : sexual morals from the Georgians to the Edwardians -- The priests of the body : doctors and disease in an antisensual age -- A source of serious mischief : William Acton and the case against the foreskin -- A compromising and unpublishable mutilation : clitoridectomy and circumcision in the 1860s -- One of the most grievous diseases of humanity : spermatorrhea in British medical practice -- The besetting trial of our boys : finding a cure for masturbation -- This unyielding tube of flesh : the rise and fall of congenital phimosis -- Prevention is better than cure : sanitizing the modern body -- The purity movement and the social evil : circumcision as a preventive of syphilis -- The stigmata of a gentleman : circumcision and British society -- Conclusion: the end of the culture of abstinence
Subject Circumcision -- History
Circumcision -- Social aspects
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