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Unsurprisingly, since we run it, the original CIRCLIST website comes top of our list. It aims to be a comprehensive study of circumcision expressed in a form readily understood by adults. The ‘Popular Science’ format should also be of interest to medical students in the first few years of their studies. Rated "Adult" and registered as such with the Family Online Safety Institute, minors should only access <www.circlist.com> under supervision of a parent, teacher or legal guardian. The site includes explicit images not only of genitals but also of circumcision surgery in progress.
THE GILGAL SOCIETY exists to provide accurate, medically approved information about male circumcision and its benefits in terms of health, sexual satisfaction and self-image. Its publications include a video of an adult male circumcision, a guidance booklet for those considering circumcision for themselves or their sons, and leaflets answering some of the questions that parents, men (including teenagers) and women have about the operation, as well as information about preparation and after-care, whether for an infant, child or adult’s circumcision. Most importantly, the society keeps a record of doctors performing male circumcision in countries where it is not widely available. No age restrictions apply to the website, but some of the Society’s mail-order publications are intended only for adults.
The International Circumcision Information Reference Centre (ICIRC). This site, indexed by the Primary Care Electronic Library, provides in electronic form many of the resources distributed as printed material by the Gilgal Society. Note especially the page http://www.circinfo.com/all_about/abc.html
, which is specifically aimed at educating the 7 to 10 year age group about circumcision.
The purpose of this site is to provide a balanced and up-to-date review of scientific studies on circumcision that have been published in reputable international medical and scientific journals after a formal, critical refereeing process by experts in the field. In the 2010 edition around 1000 references are cited, starting here: http://www.circinfo.net/references-1.html
. This is a ‘must visit’ page for medical students
. The rest of the site is aimed at a wider readership and is suitable for all adults. All in all a highly reputable source of information, written by Professor Brian J. Morris of the University of Sydney, Australia.
A good place to look for the full text of circumcision-related scientific papers that are only quoted elsewhere in Abstract.
A specialist website concentrating on male circumcision in the context of HIV/AIDS. The site describes itself thus:
The Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention (www.malecircumcision.org) is a collaborative effort to generate and share information resources with the international public health community, civil society groups, health policy makers, and programme managers.... The Clearinghouse is supported by a grant to the World Health Organization from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Recommended reading for academics concerned about the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
An online museum of circumcision artefacts, especially ancient Jewish ritual objects. CAUTION: The tripod.com website generates pop-up advertising including unsolicited video streams. Use with care, especially via an internet connection subject to a download limit.
This site specialises in trying to avert HIV/AIDS, presented in a style aimed at the lay reader. Use the site’s internal search facility to find current pages about circumcision as a means of preventing the transmission of HIV.
Circumcision has been a controversial topic for at least 4000 years. The ancient Greeks disagreed with their Egyptian and Persian neighbours over it - and modern schoolboys still take sides, calling each other Cavaliers and Roundheads. This site does not take a position either for or against the operation, but aims to provide a comprehensive overview of circumcision in all its aspects.
A good survey of medical benefits by Dr. Edgar J. Schoen.
A web portal publicising and linking to a Pro-Circumcision UK Yahoo Group.
A pro-circumcision website in Hungarian. A reasonable translation can be achieved using the Google Translate facility.
Websites in Italian.
Websites in Polish.
An American Academy of Family Physicians article on adult circumcision.
The new web site of the American Academy of Pediatricians. Complete routine infant circumcision information available.
All these links will be of special interest to Jewish families.
A cartoon sequence about smegma.
Of special interest to Academics
Applicable to all medical matters, not just circumcision, PUBMED provides a rapid way of searching for medical publications. Not compatible with older browsers.
A specialised search engine for PubMed and similar archives. When tested by CIRCLIST on 11.February.2013 it returned 6240 hits for the word "Circumcision"; use the Advanced Search facility to narrow the scope of your enquiry.
Circumcision Clamp Designers, Manufacturers and Distributors
Some of the above sites include highly explicit videos of circumcision surgery, not suitable for viewing by minors.
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