Jacob Snowman

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Jacob Snowman, (24 November 1871 – 28 February 1959)[1], M.D., M.R.C.S., M.R.C.P., London, was a British medical doctor and mohel,[2] notable for having circumcised Charles, Prince of Wales in December 1948[3]. Being a Medical Officer of the Initiation Society, &c., &c., he published a booklet named "The Surgery of Ritual Circumcision"[4] in 1904. In this booklet, which mainly addresses mohels, he not only describes how to do the procedure of a (Jewish) ritual circumcision on infant boys, but also describes that causing an erection in the child helps doing the circumcision. With this he proves the rumors that mohelim and probably also physicians apply this practice on baby boys.

Causing erections in the child

Chapter IV: Surgical Anatomy
When the penis of an infant is in a state of erection the operation of circumcision can be more easily performed and the dressing more efficiently applied. The manipulation of the organ necessary to grasp the prepuce is generally sufficient to stimulate the increased blood supply requisite for an erection. The skin of the penis does not share with the rest of the organ, a greater amount of blood during this state. It stretches by its own elasticity.
– Jacob Snowman (Project Gutenberg)[4]
Chapter V: Technique of Operation
Stage I. The root of the penis is taken between the index and middle fingers of the right hand palm downwards, and pressure is made firmly backwards, the index finger being against the scrotum, the middle finger against the lower portion of the abdomen. This steadies the penis, keeps away the skin of the scrotum, and helps towards producing an erection.
– Jacob Snowman (Project Gutenberg)[4]

External links


  1. REFweb Dr. Jacob Snowman, M.D., M.R.C.S., GENi. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  2. REFnews Rashty, Sandy (25 July 2013)."Bring me the royal baby and I’ll give him the snip, says top mohel", The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  3. REFweb Darby, Robert (13 October 2013). The British royal family's circumcision tradition: Genesis and evolution of a contemporary legend, SAGE Open. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  4. a b c REFbook Snowman, Jacob: The Surgery of Ritual Circumcision. Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 28 April 2020.