Kaiser Permanente

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Kaiser's website depicts an intact and circumcised penis for comparison purposes, where the intact penis is drawn crooked and the circumcised penis is drawn straight and symmetrical.[1] On their webpage that lists possible risks, loss of sensation isn't mentioned.[2]

Chief of Pediatrics

Dr. Edgar J. Schoen was Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland for 24 years.[3] Schoen's current office is in the Julia Morgan building on Broadway that houses Kaiser Permanente's genetics department in San Fransico, only a few yards from the home office of Daniel Halperin, assistant professor of anthropology at UCSF's Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPDS).[4]

In 1987, Schoen was appointed head of the Task Force on Circumcision by the American Association of Pediatrics,[5] where he pushed for routine infant circumcision, but the neonatologists on Schoen's committee wouldn't go for it. According to Schoen, not performing circumcision would be "taking us back to nineteenth-century medicine on the eve of the 21st century," and that circumcision will prevent "dermatological problems".[6]

Schoen has been noted sending emails to and from the Circlist email list.[7] Schoen is also listed as approving content for a Gilgal Society brochure.[8]


  1. "Circumcision". Kaiser Permanente. Healthwise, Incorporated. https://members.kaiserpermanente.org/kpweb/healthency.do?hwid=tp12716&sectionId=tp12716-sec&contextId=hw142449. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  2. "Circumcision Risks". Kaiser Permanente. Healthwise, Incorporated. https://members.kaiserpermanente.org/kpweb/healthency.do?hwid=hw142449§ionId=hw142557&contextId=hw142449. 
  3. "About Dr. Schoen". Medicirc.org. eSudo Technology Solutoins, Inc.. http://www.medicirc.org/aboutus/medicirc_qualifications.html. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  4. Slack, Gordy (2000-05-19). "The Case For Circumcision". Express Online. http://circleaks.org/images/3/32/Edgar_Schoen_%26_Daniel_Halperin_%281999-2000%29.pdf. 
  5. American Journal of Diseases in Children, Vol 141: 128. February 1987
  6. Slack, Gordy (2000-05-19). "The Case For Circumcision". Express Online. http://circleaks.org/images/3/32/Edgar_Schoen_%26_Daniel_Halperin_%281999-2000%29.pdf. 
  7. Schoen, E. (2006, April 22). My recent circ pubs [Online Forum Comment]. Retrieved from http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/MCIRC/message/16 Archive: http://circleaks.org/images/1/1f/MCIRC_-_Msg_16.pdf
  8. Morris, Brian (2007). Vernon Quaintance. ed. Sex and circumcision: What every woman needs to know.. London, England: Gilgal Society. http://www.circinfo.net/pdfs/GFW-EN%200712-1.pdf. 
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