Ernest G. Mark

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

In 1901, Mark noted 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]


See also


  1. REFweb Doctor of Medicine, Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 June 2021. In the United Kingdom, Ireland and some Commonwealth countries, the abbreviation MD is common.


  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.