Thomas E. Wiswell

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

Thomas E. Wiswell, M.D.[a 1], was a doctor at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.[1] He practices as neonatologist (Pediatrician who cares for and treats newborns in particular) among others in Honolulu, HI,[2] and Orlando, Fl,[3] USA. Wiswell is a common Jewish surname (Why is this important?).

Starting in 1983, he began to produce a series of egregiously flawed studies that falsely claimed circumcision reduced the incidence of urinary tract infections.[4][5][6][7][1] All have long since been thoroughly discredited.[8][9] Wiswell associates with the Gilgal Society,[10] a circumfetish group.[11][12]

Wiswell has allied himself with Brian Morris and other circumcision advocates since 2009. He co-authors articles with Brian Morris and others.[13]


Easy Money
I have some good friends who are obstetricians outside the military, and they look at a foreskin and almost see a $125 price tag on it. Each one is that much money. Heck, if you do 10 a week, that's over $1,000 a week, and they don't take that much time.
– Wiswell (1987-6-22) (The age-old question of circumcision. Boston Globe, p.43)

See also


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


  1. a b REFjournal Wiswell TE, Hachey W. Urinary Tract Infections and the Uncircumcised State: An Update. Clinical Pediatrics. March 1993; 32(3): 130-134. PMID. DOI. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  2. REFweb Dr. Thomas E. Wiswell,MD, US News. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  3. REFweb Dr. Thomas E Wiswell,MD, Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  4. REFjournal Wiswell TE, Smith FR, Bass JW. Decreased incidence of urinary tract infections in circumcised male infants.. Pediatrics. May 1983; 75(5): 901-903.
  5. REFjournal Wiswell TE. Circumcision and urinary tract infections. Pediatrics. 1986; 77: 267-268.
  6. REFjournal Wiswell TE, Roscelli JD. Corroborative evidence for the decreased incidence of urinary tract infection in circumcised male infants. Pediatrics. 1986; 78: 96-99.
  7. REFjournal Wiswell TE, Enzenauer RW, Holton ME, Cornish JD, Hankins CT. Declining frequency of circumcision: implications for changes in the absolute incidence and male to female sex ratio of urinary tract infections in early infancy. Pediatrics. 1987; 79: 338-342.
  8. REFjournal AAP Task Force on Circumcision. Circumcision Policy Statement. Pediatrics. 1999; 103(3): 686-693.
  9. REFjournal Van Howe RS. Effect of confounding in the association between circumcision status and urinary tract infection. J Infect. 2005; 51(1): 59-68.
  10. REFbook Morris BJ (2007): Sex and circumcision: What every woman needs to know. Vernon Quaintance (ed.). London, England: Gilgal Society.
  11. REFbook Thomas A (2005): Case histories and experiences of circumcision, in: Circumcision: An Ethomedical Study. Vernon Quaintance (ed.). Vol. 4. p. 191. London, England: The Gilgal Society.
  12. REFbook Price CP: Male Non-therapeutic circumcision: The Legal and Ethical Issues, in: Male and Female Circumcision, Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice. Denniston G.C., Hodges F.M. and Milos M.F. (ed.). pp. 425-454. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
  13. REFjournal Morris BJ, Bailis SA, Waskett JH, Wiswell TE, Halperin DT. Medicaid coverage of newborn circumcision: a health parity right of the poor. Am J Public Health. June 2009; 99(6): 969-971. PMID. DOI. Retrieved 22 October 2019.