Skinning it back

“A doctor from Saginaw, Michigan writing in 1951 coined the term “autocircumcision” to name the condition of a penis that appeared circumcised but had no history of surgery. He estimated at the time he was writing that probably 1/3 of the males living in his area of practice were circumcised, with a greater proportion of the population among younger men and boys. He estimated that of men born in 1900, 5 percent were circumcised, 15 percent were autocircumcised, and the remaining 80 percent remained as God had made them. He assumed that most of the autocircumcised were that way through their own choice; nobody else had made them alter their penises. Nowadays, almost 50 years after the time he wrote, the estimate is that some 85 percent of males living in the Midwestern USA are circumcised, so very few boys were left with a foreskin to modify for themselves, as many of their grandfathers had done. Most of the autocircumcised men you’ll find in North America today are 70 years of age and older.”


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