What do you think of when you hear the word, “tradition”?
I think about family, holidays, familiar recipes, comfort foods, german chocolate cake on my birthday, opening presents on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas morning, and seafood to celebrate New Year’s.
This is the preparation for a routine infant circumcision in an American hospital.
It doesn’t elicit the same fond memories and warm fuzzies as Grandma’s apple pie, does it? How did circumcision in America get started? View a slideshow on The Medicalization of Circumcision. Another interesting read is The Evolution of Childrearing.
(to be continued…)