Circumcision : a cross country comparison between the United States and Australia
Neo-natal circumcision is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States. This is in stark contrast to homogeneous countries that abandoned the practice years ago, such as Australia. In order to shed light on the enigmatic popularity of neo-natal circumcision in the U.S. a cross-country comparison with Australia will be expounded upon within this thesis. Australia, despite having many similarities with the-United States, including health care advantages, has not maintained the high circumcision rates found in the United States. In the 1950s both nations had circumcision rates in the eightieth percentile. In the in the 1970s, the medical communities in both nations declared neo-natal circumcision medically unjustified only Australia saw a dramatic and steady decline in circumcision rates. Whereas circumcision rates in the United States have held steady. It is the intention of this thesis to investigate the primary influence(s) that determined this stark contrast between these two similar nations, and thereby establish the underlying cause(s) of circumcisions' popularity in the United States.
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Pollock, Phillip H.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences;Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Anderson, Chelsea D., "Circumcision : a cross country comparison between the United States and Australia" (2008). HIM 1990-2015. 765.