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Journal of the American Medical Association,  1910 

Rapid circumcison of male and female
A new device for "bloodless" circumcision

 In 1910 the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article by S.L. Kistler MD, of Los Angeles, on the need for circumcision in both males and females, along with a vigorous advocacy his own patent “bloodless” method. Like Hiram Yellen and Aaron Goldstein 25 years later, he had invented a special clamp for the purpose. 

Rapid bloodless circumcision of male and female

Circumcision, one of our most common minor operations, is bunglingly done in many instances, notwithstanding its simplicity. This operation, though an old one, is still interesting, and means have long been sought whereby it could be Read More ..sily and quickly performed and be attended with less hemorrhage, and consequently meet with less objection on the part of parent and patient.

Many a surgeon has lost his best clients, and likewise many a good prospect has gone glimmering because of the unfortunate outcome of this little operation.

The necessity for circumcision is abundantly evidenced, and although it may be needless to state any reasons for doing this operation, nevertheless I will mention a few:

1. Reduced tendency to convulsions in infancy arising from irritable nervous system.

2. Habit of masturbation not so likely to be formed.

3. Lessened irritability of child or adult.

4. Amorosity reduced.   CanadianCRC editor's note: Sexual desire is lessened because of the damage done. Even in 1910, doctors admitted the damage. 

5. A hygienic condition promoted.

6. Venereal diseases not so readily contracted, and consequently:

7. Fewer pelvic diseases in women.

8. For impotency in old men, as has been advocated.

The ease with which this operation can be done by the use of the instrument here described is so marked that a person could circumcise himself, provided he did not become faint-hearted. Only one-quarter of [the] time required for other methods is needed. The operation is practically bloodless, as all ligatures are uniformly placed and tied before the clamp is removed.

The illustration shows clamp on and ligatures inserted (A); then the removal of the foreskin (B), and next the removal of the upper section of the blades (C), and two ligatures pulled up, one of which has been cut and is ready to be tied (D). The instrument has twelve slots or ports, instead of fourteen as shown in the illustration.

Method of procedure

1. Use local or general anaesthetic as deemed best.

2. Adjust clamps.

3. Insert sutures.

4. Excise foreskin with scissors or blade.

5. Remove upper section of each blade by releasing at distal extremity and lifting off.

6. Insert ligature in anterior portion of foreskin in addition to those already inserted, if desired; also insert one posteriorly.

7. Pull each suture up singly, cut loop in centre, tie each side as indicated, and having tied all the ligatures, remove clamp and apply dressing.

If deemed expedient, spear the mucous membrane and draw out as desired before applying the clamp. If the foreskin adheres to the glans, split on dorsal aspect to corona, break down adhesions, apply clamp and operate one side at a time, and, having loops to pull, only skin and mucosa to unite, you can operate very rapidly. A young child may not always require stitches; however, I think it best to insert several, but each operator will use his own judgement in the matter. A better result will be obtained when the mucous membrane is cut long and the skin comparatively short, as is the case when this instrument is employed. There is practically no blood, no anxiety, no misgivings as to results, and the work is done quickly and easily. Frequently, too much mucous membrane is removed and too little skin. Leave Read More ..cous membrane and less skin, and then an ideal result will be obtained.

Many females need circumcision, and the operation is more easily performed than on the male. The clamp is applied singly to such elongated or hypertrophied parts as it is desired to remove, ligatures inserted, part excised, upper part of blades removed, ligatures tied without necessity of pulling up loops etc, clamp removed and dressing applied.

I have never tried this instrument for protruding pile tumours (of considerable length), but it occurs to me that a beautiful operation could be performed by its use, for the reason that the double ligatures could be inserted through the vein posterior to the sacculated portion, and then the set of ligatures used for the vein could be withdrawn from the skin; thus the veins could be tied separately and the skin then closed with the other set of ligatures loosely tied, which would incidentally hold the vein in close contact with the skin.

Other phimosis clamps have been devised, such as those of Tortat, Levis and Skillern, but the advantages of my clamp and its distinctive feature is the notched, removable portion of the blades. This feature gives a smooth surface along which to remove the redundant tissue, leaving just the margin required to hold the stitches securely. The removal of these portions of the blades leaves the sutures free for rapid tying while the remainder of the clamp is in place.

S.L. Kistler, “Rapid bloodless circumcision of male and female, and its technic”, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 54, 28 May 1910, p. 1782-3

It is not clear just what Kistler meant by circumcision as applied to females, though the proposition that they too would derive vast health benefits from the operation was common in the USA until the 1950s. Kistler's reference to “elongated or hypertrophied parts” suggests that any parts of the clitoral hood, labia or clitoris itself which seemed longer than he considered decent or proper were fair game.

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Circumcision Botched by Jewish Father Results in Conviction for Aggravated Assault

The Canadian Press
Dec. 22, 2011

VANCOUVER - A B.C. man who performed a botched circumcision on his four-year-old son on the kitchen floor of his home has lost an appeal of his conviction and been found guilty of a more serious charge.

The B.C. Court of Appeal has stayed the man's conviction for criminal negligence causing bodily harm and convicted him of aggravated assault.

Court heard the boy was born premature at only 2.5 pounds and could not be circumcised at the time, nor did his parents request it.

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Male circumcision based on myths and misinformation

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Urinary Tract Infection Rates for Both Circumcised and Non-Circumcised Baby Boys Under 1 Year Old

UTIs are rare

Canadian Paediatric Society - Circumcision statement

"Of every 1,000 boys who are circumcised 2 will be admitted to hospital for a urinary tract infection (UTI) before they are one year old."

"Of every 1,000 boys who are not circumcised 7 will be admitted to hospital for a UTI before they are one year old. "

Société canadienne de pédiatrie - circoncis statement

Sur 1 000 garçons circoncis 2 seront hospitalisés en raison d'une infection urinaire avant l'âge d'un an.

Sur 1 000 garçons non circoncis 7 seront hospitalisés par suite d'une infection urinaire avant l'âge d'un an.

CanadianCRC editor:
Anyone who states that urinary tract infections are common among newborn baby boys, and therefore advocates that the genital mutilation of boys ( male circumcision) will stop urinary tract infections, is a liar or misinformed.

Besides, urinary tract infections are entirely treatable.

Men's Rights Commentary

Men's News Daily Online

Commentary on the David Reimer botched circumcision / gender changed case

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CanadianCRC editor's Note: Reminder about our policy: Many sides of an issue are expressed in articles on this website. Many articles contain points of view which should be heard but are not the position of the Canadian Children's Rights Council.

"..Circumcision May CAUSE Urinary Tract Infection"

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are rare, and mainly occur in the first year of life. They are several times Read More .. common in girls than boys (but of course surgery is never considered for girls).

They are painful, and women's experience of them is a powerful inducement to have sons circumcised, if they imagine that this will protect them. In fact, a significant proportion of boys contract UTIs even though they are circumcised. A study in Israel found they mainly occurred in girls at four months, but in boys soon after they were circumcised....  Now an Australian study suggests circumcision may cause urinary problems.  Read More ..

Read what the medical profession associations have to say on this issue

2003 British Medical Association Statement Against Circumcision

The BMA does not believe that parental preference alone constitutes sufficient grounds for performing a surgical procedure on a child unable to express his own view. . . . Parental preference must be weighed in terms of the child's interests. . . . The BMA considers that the evidence concerning health benefit from non-therapeutic circumcision is insufficient for this alone to be a justification for doing it. . . . Some doctors may wish to not perform circumcisions for reasons of conscience. Doctors are under no obligation to comply with a request to circumcise a child.  Read More ..

Toronto Sun Circumcision of males unkindest cut

Circumcision, the unkindest cut

By Dr. Gifford Jones

Special to C-Health

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Baby Dies From Circumcision

Five-week-old infant died after he was circumcised at Penticton hospital

Vancouver, British Columbia
August 29, 2002

The Kamloops coroner is investigating the case of an infant who died last week from complications following his circumcision at Penticton Regional Hospital.

The five-week-old child was released after the procedure last Tuesday morning, but his parents went back to talk to the doctor later that day with concerns about bleeding. They returned home, but the situation worsened overnight, forcing them to rush the child back to hospital early Wednesday.

The infant was flown by air ambulance to Vancouver, where he died last Thursday in B.C. Children's Hospital.

"It certainly seems to be unusual," coroner Ian McKichan said yesterday. "It's definitely something that warrants an investigation, because it's a totally unexpected sort of death."

Deaths following circumcision are almost unheard of, but like any operation, bleeding and infection are the greatest dangers.

The case raises questions about an increasingly rare operation which stirs controversy in some circles.

"The bottom line is that circumcision is becoming a less-common procedure," said Dr. Morris Van Andel, registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. "It's no longer an insured service -- it's considered an option. That makes it all the Read More ..stressing when you hear about something like this."

According to Penticton hospital officials, the operation to remove the foreskin from the child's penis was conducted by a physician with 16 years' practice in British Columbia.