Ritual male circumcision: a brief history

J R Coll Physicians Edinb. 2005 Oct;35(3):279-85.


Circumcision is arguably the oldest surgical procedure, preformed since before recorded history. This paper looks at its history and speculates on why and how it spread; at what it can teach us about the origins of the Bantu tribes of Southern Africa; all of whom practice circumcision, and finally looks at medical aspects of circumcision and its place in developing societies.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Africa
  • Australia
  • Circumcision, Male / history*
  • Circumcision, Male / methods
  • Circumcision, Male / statistics & numerical data
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Islam / history*
  • Judaism / history*
  • Male