Edgar J. Schoen

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Edgar J. Schoen
Associates With:
Gilgal Society
Circlist
Colleagues & Benefactors:
Daniel T. Halperin
Stephen Moses
Neil Pollock
Brian J. Morris
Jake H. Waskett
Thomas E. Wiswell

Edgar J. Schoen (1925 – 2016) was an American Physician and worked as a Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.[1] Schoen had a humorous poem about circumcision published in 1986.[2] This may have contributed to his being appointed as chairman of the new AAP task force on circumcision.

In 1987, Schoen was appointed head of the Task Force on Circumcision by the American Academy of Pediatrics,[3] where he pushed for routine, non-therapeutic 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".[4] Schoen associates with the Gilgal Society.[5]

Schoen was the chair of the 1989 AAP taskforce on circumcision, which studied available data to consider recommendeding circumcision to parents. The taskforce concluded that "Newborn circumcision has potential medical benefits and advantages as well as disadvantages and risks".[6] This was despite their own admission that evidence linking circumcision to prevention of any diseases was inconclusive, with the sole exception of penile cancer (which they noted was mainly caused by unhealthy lifestyles). Given Schoen's history of circumcision advocacy and his position as taskforce chair, he may have influenced the committee significantly.

The 1989 AAP circumcision statement was not well received. Professor Ronald Poland, M. D., another member of the AAP task force rejected Schoen's advocacy of non-therapeutic circumcision and published his own paper in which he argued against circumcision.[7]

In 1999, the AAP revised their circumcision policy statement. Their newer statement was more conservative about circumcision's potential benefits, saying that they did not outweigh the procedure's own risks, and recommended leaving the decision to parents based on their cultural traditions, in addition to the medical factors.[8]

Schoen's advocacy of circumcision had been thoroughly rejected prior to his death.[9]

Television

Schoen appeared in Penn & Teller's show, "Bullshit" for their circumcision episode. Penn reported that Schoen said circumcised penises smell and look better.[10] Schoen later recited some poetry reflective of his belief that the circumcised penis is a thing of beauty:

Schoen's Poetry
“ It's a great work of art like the statue of Venus

if you're wearing a hat on the head of your penis. ”

[11]

NOTE: The "hat" presumably referring to the visible glans.

Associates with

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Circlist

Schoen has been noted sending emails to and from the Circlist email list.[12] Circlist is a website and discussion group for men who sexually fantasize about performing and receiving circumcisions,[13] often on small children.[14]

Gilgal Society

Schoen is also listed as approving content for a Gilgal Society brochure.[15] Groups such as the Gilgal Society openly admit to a morbid fascination with circumcision to the point of sado-masochistic fetish. These groups advertise that doctors are among their members. There are those on the Internet who discuss the erotic stimulation they experience by watching other males being circumcised, swap fiction and about it, and trade in videotapes of actual circumcisions.[16]

Office

Schoen's office was 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]

Quote

Circumcision
“ It’s like apple pie. It’s part of being American. ”
Schoen (J Weekly) [17]

Death

Schoen died in his sleep, at the age of 91 on August 23 of 2016, surrounded by his family.[18]

References

  1. REFweb UCSF On-line Campus Directory: People Search. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  2. REFjournal Schoen, E.G. (1986): Ode to the Circumcised Male, in: Am J Dis Child. 141:128. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  3. American Journal of Diseases in Children, Vol 141: 128. February 1987
  4. a b REFjournal Slack, Gordy (19 May 2000): The Case For Circumcision, in: Express Online. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  5. http://www.circinfo.net/pdfs/GFW-EN%200712-1.pdf
  6. REFweb AAP 1989.
  7. REFjournal Poland, Ronald L (1990): The question of routine neonatal circumcision, in: N Engl J Med. 322:1312-1315, PMID, DOI. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  8. REFweb AAP 1999.
  9. REFjournal Hill, George / John V. Geisheker (January 2006): Edgar Schoen does not represent the North American view of male circumcision, in: Arch Dis Child. 91(1):92, PMID, PMC. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  10. REFweb (25 May 2011). Penn & Teller on Circumcision, kunavu, YouTube. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  11. kunavu. (2001, May 25). Penn & teller on circumcision part 2.
  12. Schoen, E. (2006, April 22). My recent circ pubs [Online Forum Comment]. Retrieved from http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/MCIRC/message/16 Archive
  13. Ben Winkie. (2005, June) International Circumsexual Symposium, Washington, D.C.
  14. REFbook Thomas, A. (2005): Case histories and experiences of circumcision, in: Circumcision: An Ethomedical Study. Vernon Quaintance (ed.). Edition: 4. p. 191. London, England: The Gilgal Society.
    Note: EMS-EN 0304-2
  15. REFbook Morris, Brian (2007): Sex and circumcision: What every woman needs to know. Vernon Quaintance (ed.). London, England: Gilgal Society.
  16. REFbook Price, Christopher P. (1999): Male Non-therapeutic circumcision: The Legal and Ethical Issues, in: Male and Female Circumcision - Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice. Denniston GC, Hodges FM, Milos MF (ed.). pp. 425-454. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
    Note: Web version
  17. Pine. (2011-5-5). Both sides of the debate: Two Jewish doctors offer opinions on circumcision. J Weekly.
  18. REFweb Obituary.