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Instruments Used in the Circumcision Industry

If anyone doubts the existence of a "circumcision industry," one need only view the products shown here; just a small
sampling of the dozens of medical, religious and tribal devices used for male genital mutilation customs. In addition,
circumcisers themselves (medical, religious and tribal) receive financial or other remuneration. In the West, biotissue
companies use amputated newborn foreskins to create profitable artificial skin products. See Blue_ArrowD096.gif (140 bytes)
Foreskins for Sale.

If one were not told the purpose of these devices, one could easily mistake them for ancient tools of torture.

Medical Devices      Religious Devices

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Medical Devices

Circumstraint Board

According to promotional materials from the manufacturer:

  • "Always a fast, easy means of immobilizing newborns for circumcision..."
  • "In less than 30 seconds a nurse can immobilize a struggling infant..."
  • "He's held safely and securely without danger of escape."
  • "Circumstraint's comfortable contoured shape positions the infant, hips elevated, perfectly presenting the genitalia."

Manufacturer: Olympic Medical Company/Seattle, WA

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Gomco Circumcision Clamp

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Photo: James Loewen

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Introduced by Goldstein Manufacturing Company in the 1930s, the Gomco Clamp is the most widely used circumcision instrument and, according to Elliot Grossman, M.D., "has done much to encourage neonatal circumcision." The vertical post and bell are placed over the glans and the foreskin is pulled over the outside of the bell. Post and bell are then drawn through a hole in the base plate, clamping the foreskin between the bell and the plate. The foreskin is then cut off with a scalpel that is run around the bell.

Manufacturer: Allied Healthcare Products, Inc./St. Louis, MO

Circumstraint and Gomco Devices
in Use Together

The patient cannot understand, consent, refuse or escape.


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Mogen Clamp

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Invented by Rabbi Harry Bronstein, the Mogen Clamp is popular with ritual circumcisers because, with it, circumcision can be performed rapidly and it employs the procedure known as the "traditional method."

Some physicians today, notably Murray Katz and Neil Pollock (Canada), have ardently promoted the use of the Mogen Clamp for hospital circumcisions. The word "Mogen" in Hebrew means "shield." The Mogen Clamp, however, like the Sheldon Clamp, fails to shield the glans from injury. According to Elliot Grossman, M.D. "glans injury is not uncommon."

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The plastic bell is placed over the glans of the penis and the foreskin is pulled over the outside of the bell. After the foreskin is tied with string, all tissue above the string is cut off with scissors, and the handle is then snapped off.
Manufacturer: Hollister, Inc./Libertyville, IL

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Instructions claim the rim is supposed to fall off within one week. The Plastibell has caused numerous complications, including necrotizing fasciitis (extensive tissue death) and sloughing (shedding) of the penis.

Sheldon Circumcision Clamp
Sheldon Clamp.jpg  (12 KB) This clamp does not protect the glans of the penis. In 1994, at Marin General Hospital (Greenbrae, CA), the glans of a baby boy was cut off during a circumcision in which a Sheldon Clamp was used.

A journal article describing the incident (right) states, "The potential for complications during circumcision is real and ranges from the insignificant to the tragic."

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Gluckman G, et al. Newborn Penile Amputation
During Circumcision and Successful Reattachment.
Journal of Urology (153) 1995:778-79.

Manufacturer: Bayshore Mfg. Co./Port Clinton, OH

Tara Klamp

This circumcision device is promoted as offering "A Kinder Cut - Breath Easier." It was developed with partial funding from the Malaysian government.

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This single-use device is produced in many sizes - infant to adult. After the foreskin is amputated, the device remains on the penis for a few days. It is touted as "the last frontier in circumcision surgery."

Manufacturer: TaraKlamp Healthcare Products/Penang, Malaysia

Circ Sheet

A well-meaning physician invented this product as an alternative to the Circumstraint board. One of her concerns was that the infant should have a soft, comfortable surface on which to lie during circumcision. It is doubtful that the focus of an infant's comfort during circumcision will be on his back side. Her naïveté concerning the more serious issues raised by circumcision is perhaps best expressed by the "happy faces" that adorn the promotional flyers for the Circ Sheet.

Manufacturer: K. BowMed/N. Wilkesboro, NC

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Infant Circumcision / Surgical chair

"Designed by a physician to benefit the child and the family."


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"This lightweight chair positions the infant comfortably while providing surgical access to the operative site. And gently restrains the patient to prevent movement during the procedure."

Other devices (not pictured) include: Circumstat, Glansguard (erroneously named, as it fails to protect the glans properly), Harris Clamp, Improved Bloodless Circumcision Clamp, Kantor Clamp, Leff Clamp, Nutech Clamp, Preputome, Tibone Clamp, and the Turner Clamp. [From: Grossman E. The Evolution of Circumcision Technique. In Circumcision: A Pictorial Atlas of its History, Instrument Development and Operating Techniques. Great Neck: Todd & Honeywell 1982:17-34]

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Religious Devices


Moslems and Jews share the same rationale for ritual circumcision of males, Abraham's covenant with his god, so it is not surprising that their circumcision instruments are similar.

Among those used are a split slab of wood (left), a split reed (middle), a perforated plate through which the foreskin is drawn (upper right), and the Jewish barzel (lower right). The foreskin is drawn through the slit of the barzel.

Izmel - Circumcision Knife (right)

A Jewish circumcision knife is called an izmel, whether or not it is used exclusively for ritual circumcisions. The izmel is a honed, double-edged knife and can cut with either side.

Pictured at right are three ancient izmel. At the far right is a modern izmel.

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