Tuesday, April 5, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Circumcision - Dr. Noni MacDonald
For the last 15 years, the Canadian Pediatric Society has argued against the routine circumcision of infant boys. Many pediatricians suggest that the pain and risk of complications associated with circumcision outweigh the benefits.
But now, in the face of evidence showing that circumcision can help stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, the Canadian Pediatric Society is reviewing its position.
And this week Doctor Noni MacDonald waded into what has become a very contentious debate. She is a professor of pediatrics at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. And in the current issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, there is an article by Doctor MacDonald suggesting waiting to circumcise boys, until they can have a say in the matter. Noni MacDonald was in Halifax.
Circumcision - Marilyn Milos
Parents choose to have their baby boys circumcised for health reasons, as well as religious and cultural ones. But Marilyn Milos doesn't think any of those reasons are good enough. She's the founder of NoCirc, the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers in the U.S. She was in the San Francisco Bay area in California.
Circumcision - Doctor Neil Pollock
Neil Pollock has been listening in. He's a doctor in Vancouver who runs a clinic which specializes in two procedures - vasectomies and circumcisions. He performed about 2,500 circumcisions last year, more than anyone else in British Columbia. Doctor Neil Pollock was in Vancouver.
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