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Circumcision and Penile Anesthesia: Not Before but After

As a doctor doing physical exams hundreds of times a circumcised penis does not look like a normal one; the skin looks leathery and it is no surprise that victims complain that the sensitivity is decreased or even lost.

The GOMCO is used to circumcise males.
The GOMCO is used to circumcise males.

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - Exactly why Tim King posted his article about Penile Mutilation, December 26, 2009 in Salem-News.com I have no idea[1]. It brought on a tsunami of responses which really staggered me.

I thought I should enter the fray from the “other side” of the scalpel – Circumcision by an Intern, Dec. 30, 2009[2]. I did do one circ while I was an intern and I was castigated by a reader for doing so. An intern mostly does what his mentor suggests. They do not ORDER.

Disregarding a mentor can get one thrown out of the program. It almost happened when I diagnosed a “left sided appendix”. It does happen!

At any rate there was so much kafuffle that I figured I’d better check it out on my computer: CIRCUMCISION itself had 703 posts and 4,680,000 hits. HOLY MOSES. The posts were from the merely weird to almost Ph.D. thesis. Even about a bunch of female circs which it isn’t.

Punching up Circumcision by an Intern, my own article, brought about 733 posts, mostly not about me, and 53,000 hits. A person can get a real medical sociology education reading these.

One of the most striking education events to me was that some men complained of penile anesthesia post circumcision, to the statement that sexual intercourse was no longer a pleasure – a bitter pill. In my article, I brought up the concept of “intelligent design” which has been poopooed a lot. If it’s covered, leave it covered.

As a doctor doing physical exams hundreds of times, a circumcised penis does not look like a normal one. In fact the skin looks leathery and it is no surprise from victims' complaints that the sensitivity is decreased or even lost.

This brought complaints from both males and females in that the male had to work harder (pardon the pun) to get stimulation for orgasm. I can understand how this could be a problem for females also.

The reasons FOR circumcision are all over the ball park from cleanliness to prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) with results from pro to con to we don’t know.

There appear to be some societies in which circumcision is a RITE OF PASSAGE from boyhood to manhood – NO ANESTHESIA and a dull knife (I shudder). If a boy could tolerate this he could probably tolerate any other kind of pain or tribulation.

This isn’t the end of it (not another pun) but with 4,680,000 visits to this subject, it is topical and interesting.


[1] Dec-26-2009: America: Land of the Mutilated Penis - Tim King Salem-News.com

[2] Dec-30-2009: Circumcision by an Intern - Dr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com


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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Restoring Tally January 19, 2010 4:14 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you for recognizing that the circumcised penis is abnormal and that there is a loss of sensitivity later in life. I was circumcised at birth and, as I aged, sex became more and more work for less and less pleasure. I am restoring my foreskin and my restored foreskin makes a big difference, to me and to my wife.

Frank OHara January 19, 2010 10:00 am (Pacific time)

Dr. Phil, thanks for the update. Ten years ago, such an article would have gotten hardly any attention but now through the tireless work of a group of dedicated people, we now get the kind of attention you have seen. This is good! Infant male circumcision is no more or less than the violation of a man in the most personal, private and violent way possible at the most vulnerable time in his life. It is long past time it came to an end. .

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