Female Genital Mutilation Contrasted to Male Circumcision

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Based on feedback from numerous sources, this article has been withdrawn at the author’s request. There were numerous factual inaccuracies. The author apologizes to his readers.












Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics)

About Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics)

Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics), MSHA, FAAN, CPE, is a board certified neurologist, with additional training and experience in palliative medicine, executive coaching and medical leadership. He currently serves at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana, Illinois, as an attending neurologist, Medical Director for Talent Development and Learning and (Past Chair—14 years) of the Carle Ethics Committee. He is a clinical associate professor of medicine (neurology) at University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana-Champaign and Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and he is a member of the CMDA Ethics Committee.


  1. Robert Cranston on October 15, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I appreciate your feedback. You have educated me. I have requested CMDA delete this article, and state that it was at my request.

    • Mark Lyndon on October 16, 2018 at 10:48 am


    • Craig Garrett on October 16, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Dr. Cranston, I appreciate your willingness to have an open mind on this issue. As a member of the CMDA Ethics Committee, you may be interested to watch this presentation by Gillian Longley RN, BSN, MSS on the ethics of circumcision, given at the University of Nevada.
      The Ethics of Neonatal Circumcision

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