Complexities of a Controversial Practice

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Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1305-1306
DOI: 10.1126/science.1060035

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Female "Circumcision" in Africa Culture, Controversy, and Change. Bettina Shell-Duncan and Ylva Hernlund, Eds. Lynne Rienner, Boulder, CO, 2000. $59.95. ISBN 1-55587-871-7. Paper, $22.50. ISBN 1-55587-995-0.

The Female Circumcision Controversy An Anthropological Perspective. Ellen Gruenbaum. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2001. 250 pp. $55, £39. ISBN 0-8122-3573-8. Paper, $24.95, £17.50. ISBN 0-8122-1746-2.

These two books consider social, historical, political, and public health aspects of female "circumcision." The authors include women from countries where the practice is prevalent.