Making America Safe for Foreskins

Open Letter to the American Medical Assocation

The Human Foreskin, Infant Circumcision and Common Sense

"A piece of skin the size of a quarter contains more
than three million cells, 12 feet of nerves, 100 sweat
glands, 50 nerve endings, and three feet of blood vessels."
Ashley Montagu and Floyd Matson,
The Human Connection (McGraw-Hill, 1979)

May 22, 1986

I would like to ask the American Medical Association a question -- and I would appreciate a direct, complete answer.

Keeping in mind...

What would it take to impel the American Medical Association to issue a statement to the effect that the position of the American Medical Association regarding the foreskins of babies is, not just that "circumcision is unnecessary," but that the birthright of male babies to keep all of the penis they are born with should be secured by law?

Such a statement -- and such a law -- are long overdue.

[signed] John A. Erickson


American Medical Association: Officers, Trustees, Executive Board

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Officers, District Chairmen

American Academy of Pediatrics: Officers, Executive Board Latin American District Chairmen

[I sent a copy of the letter above to Thomas S. Szasz, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at State University of New York, Syracuse, author of many books, including The Manufacture of Madness and The Myth of Mental Illness, and keynote speaker at the Third International Symposium on Circumcision (University of Maryland, 1994). A few days later I received the following letter from Dr. Szasz, quoted here with his permission:

I never received a reply from the American Medical Association.]