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Circumcision by an InternDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
That's a Real Owee! Circumcision from a doctor's point of view.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - For many years I wondered about this Biblical/archaic procedure. I was intact when my older brother had it done when he was in the Navy along with a hernia repair.
I think my younger brother had it done as a standard operating procedure(SOP). I really didn't get close to it myself until my medical internship.
I don't know about M.D. internships. I am a doctor of osteopathy, D.O. I'm sure we do things differently. It must be working well because about 12 D.O. schools have sprung up in the last 20 years.
Anyhow, we D.O.'s go through rotations of all general practice subjects including OB-GYN and pediatrics where we better pay attention with newborn boys.
I remember my fearless leader/doctor performing a couple of these procedures one particular day. I was told by the maternity nurse that the doctor/teacher said I should do a circumcision on his newest boy child patient.
There is/was an instrument known as a GOMCO CLAMP which we used. I don't believe any doctor uses a scalpel on such a small organ.
Last week I saw a TV news program about a doctor using an electric cautery. Unfortunately it was set on high rather than low and it fried the young man's organ. I even squirm thinking about that. The nurse did tell me to be very careful or some young man in about twenty years would be looking for me with fire in his eyes and soul.
With that admonition in mind, I found my young patient and the GOMCO and proceeded to put it on him. - O.K. so far.
Once it was carefully and correctly in place, I started turning the clamp handle. I had been told that newborns didn't feel pain which I scarcely believed, when all of a sudden came screams which loosened the paint on the wall.
What an eye-opening, eardrum damaging event. I had heard and seen battle injured soldiers before but this screaming raised the hair on my neck.
There were five of us interns and I very cautiously inquired, "what is this circ business all about"?
Interns are on salary. So, our teachers endeavor to get as much 'free doctoring' out of us as they can. However, the doctors are on a fee for service and they get paid for what the interns do for them. Back then it was $50 OR $100. iF THE INTERNS says he is too busy, he can get out of some of this.
For the future I was always too busy. Yes I can do a circ but I don't want some 20-year old guy looking for me with fire in his eyes.
The current postings on this on Salem-News.com and especially the email comments have been excellent. I'm inclined to go along with the advocates of Intelligent Design. Every animal I know about has a foreskin or equivalent.
DOWN WITH CIRCUMCISION!
Dr. Phillip Leveque has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and minors in physiology and biochemistry. He was a Professor of Pharmacology, employed by the University of London for 2 years, during which time he trained the first doctors in Tanzania. After training doctors, he became an Osteopathic Physician, as well as a Forensic Toxicologist.
Before any of that, Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon. Do you have a question, comment or story to share with Dr. Leveque?
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More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole". Order the book by mail by following this link: DOGFACE SOLDIER OF WWII If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.
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