What Others Have Said



As seen on David Brinkley’s NBC Magazine

Circumcision: The Painful Dilemma will stand as a moving social document of our times. It will serve as a beacon of light to all who seek truth and understanding, and greatly broaden our appreciation of what it means to be human. Your book, with its wonderful sense of balance, provides the total spectrum of information that any lay or professional reader would need in order to form a rational opinion on the subject of circumcision. Your emphasis on the unique individuality of every newborn child with certain rights no less genuine than those of any adult, deserves the highest commendation. In spite of the element of tragedy indicated by the suffering and complications of an unnecessary surgical procedure on newborns, the book comes through in a warm and positive way, and one is left with a sense of enlightenment as well as commitment that our future newborn sons may establish themselves in this world intact, and “at peace.”

T.D. Swafford, M.D.
Group Health Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Rosemary Romberg has given us the definitive book on circumcision…. American physicians should study the book carefully, especially the authoritative chapter on “Complications of Circumcision.” I enthusiastically join Rosemary Romberg in her well-documented, comprehensive condemnation of modern hospital circumcision.

Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D.
Evanston, I L.


Fascinating lore-both of history and the religions! A veritable encyclopedia! … the mothers’ letters on routine neonatal circumcision are priceless!
It has material I shall want to quote when I raise issues of why today it is so important for us to examine our routine practices and our cultural attitudes to see if they still work for us and fit the needs of individuals today striving to live consciously and at the highest possible level of harmony with each other and this small planet of ours.
Men and women will thank you for giving the tools and knowledge with which to make conscious decisions about what are issues of real import to our hearts and psyches.

Suzanne Arms

Author of A Season to be Born, Harper Colophon Books, NY, c. 1973;
Immaculate Deception: A New Look at Women and Childbirth, c. 1975, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1977, Bantam Books, NY. Five Women, Five Births (video), Suzanne Arms Productions, Palo Alto, CA.
Adoption: A Handful of Hope, c.1990, Celestial Arts, Berkeley, CA. Bestfeeding: Getting Breastfeeding Right for You, c. 1990, Celestial Arts, Berkeley, CA (co-authors Mary Renfrow & Chloe Fisher) Seasons of Change: Growing Through Pregnancy & Birth, c. 1994, Kivaki Press, Durango, CO. (now NC.) Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic & Birth, c. 1994, 1996, Celestial Arts, Berkeley, CA. Giving Birth: Challenges & Choices (video), c. 1998, Roots Inc., Durango, CO.


Thank you very much for the opportunity to review the manuscript for your book on circumcision. I was very impressed by the extensive research which you have conducted and your attention to detail. A most important aspect of the manuscript which is not covered by other authors is the letters from parents describing in personal terms their experiences with circumcision and non-circumcision….

William W. Pope, M.D., M.P.H.
Deputy State Health Officer,
Garrett County Health Department,Oakland, MD


I am excited by your manuscript. I feel It’s an extremely important piece of work…. Your manuscript is forcing me to re- examine some of my thinking. Thank you for the challenge.

John C. Glaspey, M.D.
Clinical Director of Nurseries,
Milwaukee County Medical Complex Perinatal Center
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Rosemary Romberg has not missed a dimension in her approach to circumcision, or more accurately, her denunciation of it…. This book will educate prospective parents enormously, and this is where purely textbook treatises have fallen short.

Richard J. Eliason, M.D.
General and Pediatric Urology
Salt Lake City, UT

Circumcision; The Painful Dilemma looks to be the classic on circumcision. One day 20th Century archivists will choose your book to give the most comprehensive history on an ancient and almost forgotten barbaric ritual. May it rest in peace. Your book is a tremendous contribution towards that end (of circumcision).

Jeannine Parvati Baker

Author of Prenatal Yoga and Natural Birth, Freestone Publishing Company; Hygieia; A Woman’s Herbal, Freestone Publishing Company; andConscious Conception, c. 1986, Freestone Publishing Co., Sevier, Utah, and North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA.

I strongly endorse  your  thesis  opposing circumcision,  as  do  a  goodly number  of physicians and sexologists. I consider that you have written a fair-minded and thorough review of all the pros and cons. Your book will be extremely useful as a reference source as well as a policy statement.

 John Money, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Psychology and
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD


What  a  piece  of  work!  You  deserve  a  Ph.D.  for  reviewing  and  detailing  all  these  aspects  of circumcision.

 Gail Sforza Brewer
Author of What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know: The Truth About Diets and Drugs in Pregnancy, Random House,   .Y., c. 1977
The Pregnancy After 30 Workbook, Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA
Right From The Start, Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA


I am so pleased that you sought out the available Information on circumcision and have given us a book. I am glad to endorse it…. The Information Is needed so very much. Misconceptions abound about what circumcision Is, why it is done, how it is done, the effects from doing It, parents’ right to informed consent, and  the  PAIN…. Parents, even with family centered care are likely to be unaware of what happens to their  babies…. The structure for circumcision surgery is there. It is difficult to stop this routine surgery and interesting that the American Academy of Pediatrics does not support It.

Constance Bean
Author of Methods of Childbirth Dolphin Books,
Doubleday & Co., Garden City,   NY
Labor & Delivery; An Observer’s Diary, Doubleday & Co.,  N Y


This Is a good book … your parent and doctor interviews are (the) strongest and most interesting sections. You asked good questions and got good response.

Tonya Brooks
President – Association for Childbirth at Home, International,
Los Angeles, CA


Thank you for your incredible focus on male circumcision. It is a needed book and will, I am sure, have a strong effect on the people of this nation. Your work represents so much time and thought on the issue. I appreciate you and your work … I salute you for your dedication to a most worthy topic….

Your  stories  from mothers  are  wonderful.  I have  always  appreciated  testimony,  and  I was  very appreciative of yours. Your personal story brought tears to my eyes.

You have done a monumental job and I commend you on it. I have great hopes for your material and will encourage many to read your book.

Raven Lang
Author of The Birth Book, Genesis Press
Ben Lomond, CA