Ernest G. Mark

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Dr. Ernest G. Mark, M.D.[a 1][1].

In 1901, Mark notes that the "pleasurable sensations that are elicited from the extremely sensitive" inner lining of the foreskin may encourage a child to masturbate which is why he recommends circumcision since it "lessens the sensitiveness of the organ".[2]

Another advantage of circumcision … is the lessened liability to masturbation … as a rule, pleasurable sensations are elicited from the extremely sensitive mucous membrane [the inner mucosa of the foreskin] with resultant manipulation and masturbation. The exposure of the glans penis following circumcision … lessens the sensitiveness of the organ.
– Ernest G. Mark[3]



  1. REFweb Doctor of Medicine, Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 June 2021.


  1. REFweb The Bizarre American History of Circumcision, Intaction. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  2. REFweb Medical History Of Infant Circumcision: The 1900’s, 15 Square. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  3. REFweb Gualtieri, Tom (22 February 2013). Our Bodies, Our Choices – Part II: Men and Their Members. Retrieved 13 October 2021.