THE MEDICAL TABOO
The Taboo on Phimotic Ring
THE MEDICAL STUDIES
PA. Dewan et al
Phimosis: is circumcision necessary?
J Paediatr Child Health 1996 Aug;32(4):285-9
"... circumcision is the ... most performed surgical procedure
in the world. ... The most common stated medical indication for circumcision
is phimosis, however, the definition of this condition is obscure in
most publications ... Little is known or written about the aetology
of true phimosis, despite the supposed frequency varying from 4 to
10%. ... "
AM Rickwood et al
Phimosis in boys.
Br J Urol 1980 Apr;52(2):147-50
"Little is known of this condition. ... Its natural history is
unknown and its histological features have not been described. ...
Its aetology remains obscure."
R Chopra et al
Phimosis and Diabetes Mellitus.
J Urol 1982 Jun;127(6):1101-2
"No description of the histologic examinations of phimotic foreskins
was found in the literature."
OJ. Clemmensen et al
The histologic spectrum of prepuces from patients with phimosis.
Am J Dermatopathol 1988 Apr;10(2):104-8
"The lesion usually affects the inner blade of the prepuce, leaving
for direct examination only a nonretractable prepuce with a conspicuous
distal stenosis. The glans penis may or may not be affected, but it
is often inaccessible for inspection due to the preputial stenosis.
Therefore, circumcision for phimosis is often performed without primary
knowledge of the nature of the underlying pathologic condition."
Please note Øster's oversights,
and the repititions of his mistake: modern
studies quoting and misquoting Øster leading to general
misunderstandings about statistics.
Also please note the confusion among anthropological
Taboos Within Taboos
It is as unbelievable as it is true that the most accurate physical
description to date of a phimotic ring comes from a study of 21 or
22 corpses, In 1996 the British Journal of Urology published the study
written by a supporter of the anti routine circumcision movement who
was in fact attempting to show the value of the foreskin . He describes
the exact position of the phimotic ring and explains that "the richly
innervated nature of the 'ridged band'" is a valuable part of the normal
foreskin. (see Phimosis
Research in Medical Studies - Curiosities").
The Taboo on Frenulum Breve
THE MEDICAL STUDIES
In 1779 Diderot wrote - its
extreme sensitivity shows that it is full of a quantity of nerves spreading
out and perhaps for this reason it merits more attention on behalf
of the physicians, who have not done this until present - In 1958 Grewel wrote
"The psychodynamics of this repression on the part of the physicians
is a striking phenomenon in itself. It cannot be masculine pride
alone ... which has caused the phenomenon to be neglected by male
physicians and psychoanalysts, and caused it to be forgotten in
dermatological literature. ... resulting in a general or collective
repression of the phenomenon." (82)
While Grewel was referring principally to the repeated ripping of
the frenulum, his statements appear valid for all the persisting and
painful conditions. Modern medical literature Whelan wrote in 1977 "The existence of a short frenulum is noted in few urological
Pienkos confirms in 1989 "The request ... to alleviate painful erections
and intercourse and frenular tears is not widely appreciated in
the urological literature. Being unpublished, these complaints can
easily be ignored or discounted for reasons of secondary gain." (11). (secondary
gain in this context refers to financial gain)
There are a collection of
studies concerning the sexual problems of a short frenulum among animals,
the statistics and the early prevention of such problems among animals.
Perhaps this is because "Copulation failure in food animals can be
economically devastating to producers." (G.
The amazing Grewel again
in conclusion, speaking to my heart, (remember naming is a sign of
cultural nrecognition): "It is as remarkable that a part of the surface
anatomy of the man received no name, (Grewel refers to the small
folds on each side of the frenulum) as that the phenomenon of the
erosion or laceration of the frenum and its alae, though not unknown,
receives so little attention, and is even manifestly neglected in medical
literature. . . . That excoriation of the frenum praeputii has also
been neglected by psychiatrists and psychoanalysts is even more remarkable."
For more info see Frenulum
Breve : A Common Delusion