Dr. Hershel Goldman has been placed on the “Known Genital Mutilators” directory at neonatalcutting.org.
This is from his website circumcisioncentre.com.au:
“Congratulations On Your New Baby Boy!
Parents are faced with many important decisions throughout their child’s life on how best to establish the building blocks of optimum health, self-esteem and quality of life. A decision that is best considered early on in your son’s life is whether or not to circumcise.
As parents have the legal right to authorise circumcision, this website has been designed as a first step in helping you make an informed decision in understanding the benefits and risks of circumcision, and choosing the best option for your son.
Dr Hershel Goldman is the principle Doctor who runs the Melbourne Circumcision Centre and performs the circumcisions. He is a fully qualified General Practitioner with more than 30 years experience in performing neonatal circumcisions for both medical and ritual reasons.
Dr Goldman does not perform circumcisions on adults or children over 4 months. If you wish arrange circumcision for older children or adults, we advise you contact your regular Doctor, and ask for his/her assistance. If he/she cannot assist, you are welcome to come for an appointment, and Dr Goldman can advise and arrange an appropriate referral.”
Why does the doctor perform this abuse on baby boys only? Because he can. It’s rightfully illegal for girls, and at any other age would necessitate general anesthesia because the pain – and no obvious need for it – would cause a violent confrontation. Babies can only cry out, which these mutilators ignore.
Under “What is Circumcision?” we read:
A simple surgical procedure that removes the foreskin. The foreskin is the sleeve of skin that covers the tip of the penis.
The foreskin traps bacteria, infectious agents and malodorous smegma. Therefore, its removal ensures greater genital hygiene and reduces the risk of infections or diseases for the male and his future sexual partners.
Is Circumcision a Common Procedure?
Research indicates that 69% of Australian-born men are circumcised (Richters et al 2006). Routine circumcision in Australia decreased in the 1970s – 1980s (Wirth 1986) due to inconclusive myths such as alleged differences in sexual satisfaction and psychological impact. Today, it is a popular procedure amongst well-informed parents, and backed by positive research results.
There are other body parts that trap “bacteria, infectious agents and malodorous smegma,” namely, parts of the vagina, yet we don’t routinely amputate them because truly “well-informed parents” have heard of – and use – soap to clean those parts. As a doctor, Goldman should know that smegma lubricates the skin, keeps it waterproof, and protects against microbial invaders. He should have also learned in Biology 101 that anything “malodorous” comes from dying bacteria that simply hasn’t been cleaned with the aforementioned soap. To routinely amputate functional tissue from unconsenting infants, male or female, is a human rights violation that no person – except the patient – can consent to.
Under “What are the Benefits” we see:
Eliminated Risk of Foreskin Infections
Balanitis is an inflammation of the skin covering the head of the penis. A similar condition, Balanoposthitis refers to inflammation of the head and the foreskin. Both cause swelling, rash, pain and foul-smelling discharge.
Eliminated Scarring of the Foreskin
Phimosis is a condition involving a tight foreskin that cannot be completely pulled back. This makes cleaning under the skin and passing urine difficult.
Decreased Risk of Thrush & STDs
The use of condoms is essential for good sexual health regardless of circumcision. It is worth noting however, that the risk of many STDs from HIV to genital warts is reduced by the genital hygiene effects of circumcision.
Decreased Risk of Cervical Cancer in Female Partners
Because any infectious bacteria or viruses living under a foreskin is transferred into the female during sexual contact, circumcision reduces the transmission of diseases like Chlamydia and the associated HPV virus which causes cervical cancer.
Decreased Risk of HIV
Reduce the risk of HIV by up to 60%. Recent rise in incidence of HIV infection among hetrosexual Australians has led to a call by some physicians for the reintroduction of routine circumcision in infants as a preventative measure.
Decreased risk of Penile Cancer
Penile Cancer is a rare but serious disease which rarely occurs in circumcised males.
Decreased risk of Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections are particularly dangerous in infancy and in 40% of cases can lead to kidney inflammation and disease.
Decreased risk of Prostate Cancer
Prostate Cancer is a malignant tumour, and one of the most common types of cancer in men. It usually grows very slowly.
I guess the doctor is technically correct about “eliminating scarring of the foreskin” because he amputates it and it gets tossed in the trash (or made into face cream). The complication rate of scarring of the penis is 100%. All these other stated “benefits” are false, and some of these risks are actually caused (infection) by circumcision. Death is one risk the doctor neglects to mention.
Under “What are the Risks of Circumcision?” we read:
As with any medical procedure, localised pain during and for a short time after the procedure may occur. Local anaesthetic is used, and this will be discussed with you in detail prior to the procedure. Oral painkillers can be administered for comfort after the circumcision. Pain and discomfort after the procedure is significantly reduced when the procedure is completed at the youngest possible age.
Minor bleeding may occur which can be easily contained by applying pressure, or less commonly a few stitches.
Serious complications requiring hospitalisation are rare (approximately 1 in 5000). Serious complications are virtually unheard of when performed by an experienced medical practitioner. Nevertheless, you will be provided with an emergency phone number after the circumcision. The need for repeat surgery is not common at less than 1 in 1000.
Generalised infections requiring antibiotics resulting from circumcision are extremely rare at less that 1 in 4000.
Common mis-information about circumcision includes differences in penile sensitivity and negative psychological impacts. We encourage you to discuss these and any other concerns you may have with Dr Goldman.
The doctor himself is giving out misinformation regarding psychological impacts of this traumatic surgery on infants as there have been no studies on it’s impact, and as far as penile sensitivity it doesn’t take a Phd. to realize that removing sensitive tissue removes sensitivity.
I found this disturbing article about Dr. Goldman and his views on circumcision. A sample of the doctor’s attitude toward genital mutilation:
There’s a very old joke about a guy who’s walking down the street and he sees a shop with clocks in the window. He goes into the shop and says: “I’d like to buy a clock please.” The shopkeeper says: “Sorry, I don’t sell clocks, I’m a circumciser.” The guy says: “So why do you have clocks in your window?” The shopkeeper says: “Well, what do you want me to put in my window?”
Next we got on to a very interesting subject – the ethical debate about circumcision and how it’s looked upon as being politically incorrect. These days, if you even think about circumcising your son, you can expect Greenpeace activists to abseil into the room and handcuff themselves to your kid’s willy. Hershel agreed that circumcision was unfashionable, but he sensed things were starting to turn around.
It was getting late, so I thanked Hershel. He said: “Before you go, do you want to see my equipment?” I said: “Ummm, I’m sure it’s very nice but I don’t think that will be necessary.” He said: “No, I’m talking about the equipment I use in my circumcisions.” I said: “Oh, right. OK then.” So he went and got his knives and scalpels and a little metal shield called a “mogan”. He described how he cut, which bit he cut, and I said: “So what do you do with the foreskin after you’ve removed it.” He said: “Let me tell you – I take the foreskin and I make it into a little wallet. And it’s really amazing – when I rub the thing, it turns into a suitcase!”
Imagine the doctor joking about female genital mutilation – he wouldn’t be laughing for long after feminists get hold of him. No sexual assault or mutilation such as MGM or FGM is funny – and both are actually illegal.
You would think feminists – who supposedly champion equal rights – are opponents of MGM as well as FGM. Think again. This ‘progressive’ group aligned with Amnesty International, Oxford Against Cutting, flatly admits that male lives don’t matter, and that the “cutting” they abhor concerns females only. Watch this video by TL;DR who examines this group and the hypocrisy of feminism, showing how feminism does not ‘help men too.’
Here’s Dr. Goldman’s practice information:
Melbourne Circumcision Centre
Chandler Road Medical Centre
127 Chandler Road, Noble Park
Telephone: 03 9791 1122
Camberwell Road Medical Practice
124-126 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn East
Telephone: 03 9834 7600
A/H Contact: (03) 9387-1000
Intactivism Update – We’re slowly cracking the mainstream media’s wall of silence; see this article in Fusion.