What Professionals and Readers are Saying

Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma

How an American Cultural Practice Affects Infants and Ultimately Us All

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D.


What Professionals in Psychology and Psychiatry are Saying


“This pioneering work is of riveting interest to all who have ever wondered about circumcision or who are looking for clues to explain certain male feelings, attitudes, and behaviors.”

—Myron Sharaf, Ph.D., lecturer and author,
Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School



Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma is a significant contribution to the field of psychology and a valuable resource to help prepare clinicians for future disclosures of feelings about circumcision by men.”

—Dr. Richard Schwartzman,
psychiatrist, Philadelphia



“A penetrating landmark study that raises disturbing questions and yet offers a real message of hope for a more peaceful future.”

—Lloyd deMause, Ph.D., author,
Director of the Institute for Psychohistory



“This book is required reading for all prospective parents.”

—Charles Konia, M.D.,
psychiatrist, Easton, Pa.



“A highly intelligent and dramatic investigation into an area that has been ignored because of taboo.”

—Leslie Feher, Ph.D., psychotherapist and author,
President of the Association for Birth Psychology




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What Other Professionals are Saying


“I welcome Ronald Goldman’s beautiful and powerful book on circumcision. It is the most enlightening and dependable examination of a most important aspect of human life. I hope it will be widely read.”

—Ashley Montagu, Ph.D.,
renowned anthropologist and author



“I hope Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma will be read by men and women because it will force us to confront the unrecognized personal and social harm that results from this practice.”

—Sam Keen, Ph.D.,
author of Fire in the Belly



“This provocative analysis of circumcision’s potential impact on men and gender relations merits serious attention.”

—Patricia Yancey Martin, Ph.D.,
Professor of Sociology, Florida State University



“A revealing explanation of the misunderstanding in the medical community about this practice.”

—Leonard Marino, M.D.,
pediatrician, Plainview, NY



“I am very impressed with the depth of Goldman’s research and his willingness to deal so thoroughly with the most important question of the possible effect of circumcision on boys.”

Warren Farrell, Ph.D.,
author of Why Men Are the Way They Are



“The most complete source of information on this topic.

—Robert Van Howe, M.D., pediatrician

“Goldman casts a wide, fine mesh net and hauls in all the fishy arguments and speculations that disqualify circumcision as a health care procedure.”

—John Money, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and
Medical Psychology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine



“I always knew that circumcision was a procedure with roots at a level much deeper than that of a mere ‘medical’ procedure. Finally, Ronald Goldman has written a courageous book that makes the strongest possible case for abandoning circumcision once and for all—for the health of all of us, men and women alike.”

—Christiane Northrup, M.D., obstetrician,
author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom



“Goldman’s book, though long-overdue, is timely.”

—Penelope Leach, Ph.D., child development educator,
author of Your Baby & Child



“Impressive and moving.”

—Sheila Kitzinger, social anthropologist and childbirth educator,
author of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth




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What Readers are Saying


Video of a reader commenting on how the book affected him.


“The number one Must Read Book of the decade. Incredible, clearly thought out, brilliantly edited and masterfully written book …innovatively and exhaustively researched .… Read this if you have to in small doses, but read it; it will change the way you view our world.”

-Earl Hazel



“I strongly recommend this book for giving…sometimes passion can be scary, but simple information can be transforming. This book provides the right amount of both.”

-Barbara Box



“Groundbreaking, brilliant, must-read book on an important topic. By the very depth of its commitment to the truth about this issue, and the logic and poetry of its presentation, it should appeal to anyone with any interest in children, men, or American society.”

-J. Steven Svoboda



“The best researched and clearest text on the circumcision issue.”

-Dan Bollinger



“Dr. Goldman’s book, Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma, is a must-have reference for professionals and all others who want the real facts about the practice of circumcision in a competently compiled, compassionate, and well written form.”

-John Rhinehart, M.D.



“Reading this book has permanently changed my perspectives on our society, and therefore, on my practice of medicine. This book is profoundly fascinating and disturbing. It is not for the weak and insecure. It is extremely well-written and well-researched. I highly recommend it.”

-Wisconsin doctor



“Dr. Goldman’s work is a must-read for all people who seek a better knowledge of their society and a deeper understanding of themselves.”

-Canadian reader



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