NORM UK and the
Medical Case against Circumcision:
A British Perspective

John Warren

Presented at the Fourth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations,
University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 9-11, 1996.

The history of circumcision in Britain, a brief history of foreskin restoration, and the findings of a small survey by questionnaire carried out among circumcision men who requested information about foreskin restoration are presented.

The majority of men who responded to the questionnaire were aged 30 to 60, and the most frequent reasons for their dissatisfaction with circumcision were a sense of mutilation, dislike of the appearance, loss of penile sensation, being different from other men and discomfort due to clothing rubbing the glans.

The aims of NORM UK and the reasons for our opposition to sexual mutilation are discussed.

Reference is made to conservative treatments for phimosis.

[The complete paper is published in Sexual Mutilations: A Human Tragedy, New York: Plenum Press, 1997 (ISBN 0-306-45589-7).]

John P. Warren, M.B., BCHIR, DCH, FRCP, trained at Cambridge University and is a consultant physician specialising in internal medicine and respiratory disease. He is the founder and Director of NOCIRC of England and, in 1994, started NORM UK (the National Organization of Restoring Men), a support group for circumcised men in England.

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