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The doctor and the foreskin

datum 28 juni 2012
tijd 14.00 - 18.00
locatie De Doelen, Rotterdam
onderwerp Circumcision: forbid, deter or encourage?

Circumcision: forbid, deter or encourage?

Symposium organized by the Royal Dutch Medical Association, parallel to the conference of the International Association of Bioethics in Rotterdam. Researchers, ethicists and representatives of professional physicians’ organizations will be discussing circumcision of boys and men.


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Surgical removal of the foreskin from young boys is a centuries-old practice. It is part of many different cultures and is carried out for many different reasons. The last decade, there seem to be changes in attitude around the world on this practice. There is an increasing emphasis on children’s rights and a growing concern regarding complications, in the short and the long term, which can occur as a result of circumcision. Many professional doctors’ organizations have adopted declarations stating that circumcision is not associated with any medical benefits sufficient to justify the intervention. In 2010, the Royal Dutch Medical Association published a position paper stating circumcision of minors is a violation of children’s rights.

The increasing criticism of routine circumcision has led to a falling incidence of circumcision in many countries. On the other hand though, there are currently large scale campaigns going on throughout Africa promoting circumcision as a possible means of preventing HIV-infections. Questions remain however, as to the scientific evidence backing these campaigns, their moral acceptability and their cost effectiveness.

During this symposium, organized by the KNMG, the Royal Dutch Medical Association, researchers, ethicists and representatives of professional physicians’ organizations will be discussing circumcision of boys and men. What are the medical consequences of circumcision, both in the short and the long term? Is there enough scientific evidence to implement circumcision campaigns in Africa? Can circumcision of young boys for religious reasons be morally justified? What is more important, religious freedom or the right to physical integrity of the child? And should parents decide, or should doctors?

Speakers:

  • Morten Frisch, Associate Professor Epidemiology at the Research Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Trond Markestad, pediatrician, chair of the ethical council of the Norwegian Medical Association, Oslo, Norway
  • Michel Garenne, epidemologist, researcher at the  Pasteur Institute, Paris, France
  • Anton van Niekerk, professor of ethics at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • Arie Nieuwenhuizen-Kruseman, chair of the Royal Dutch Medical Association
  • Joep Lange, Professor of Medicine at the Academic Medical Center, specializing in HIV-therapy
  • Tom de Jong, professor of pediatric urology and head of Pediatric Urology at the Pediatric Renal Center WKZ/UMC Utrecht and EKZ/AMC Amsterdam

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Location

De Doelen
Juriaansezaal
Schouwburgplein 50
3012 CL Rotterdam



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