An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to 2022 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

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RODRIGUEZ, Sarah B.

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Female circumcision and clitoridectomy in the United States: A history of a medical treatment.

Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2014.

"From the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century, American physicians treated women and girls for masturbation by removing the clitoris (clitoridectomy) or clitoral hood (female circumcision). During this same time, and continuing to today, physicians also performed female circumcision to enable women to reach orgasm. Though used as treatment, paradoxically, for both a perceived excessive sexuality and a perceived lack of sexual responsiveness, these surgeries reflect a consistent medical conception of the clitoris as a sexual organ. In recent years the popular media and academics have commented on the rising popularity in the United States of female genital cosmetic surgeries, including female circumcision, yet these discussions often assume such procedures are new..." (publisher).



Subjects: COUNTRIES, CONTINENTS AND REGIONS › United States , Ethics, Biomedical › History of Biomedical Ethics, OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY › GYNECOLOGY › History of Gynecology, SEXUALITY / Sexology › History of Sexuality / Sexology, WOMEN in Medicine & the Life Sciences, Publications About, WOMEN, Publications by › Years 2000 -