Published online Aug 8, 2016. doi: 10.5409/wjcp.v5.i3.251
Peer-review started: January 20, 2016
First decision: March 1, 2016
Revised: March 11, 2016
Accepted: April 21, 2016
Article in press: April 22, 2016
Published online: August 8, 2016
Core tip: This article critically assesses an extensive compendium of detailed arguments criticizing the American Academy of Pediatrics policy in support of infant male circumcision. The article we assess is by an historian, Robert Darby, who is opposed to infant circumcision. It should be recognized that the American Academy of Pediatrics policy on infant male circumcision was developed on the basis of the latest scientific evidence. The policy reported that benefits exceed risks and recommended unbiased education of parents and providers, as well as facilitation of access and improvement in affordability by increased third party insurance coverage. We present the scientific evidence undermining Darby’s arguments. Our evaluation leads us to conclude that the criticisms by Darby should be dismissed as unreliable.