"Øster reported that among 1968 schoolboys examined annually for 8 years the incidence of phimosis was 8% at age 6 to 7 years, but only 1% by the age of 16 to 17 years.
How many physicians recommending and carrying out circumcision in schoolboys know this? A survey of 60 pediatricians in the United States revealed that 78% did not know at what age the prepuce might normally be retracted.
Øster found that only 3 (0.15%) of the 1968 boys [were told they needed] circumcision. Thus, the actual need for later circumcision may be greatly exaggerated."
CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL, Volume 126: Page 1399, June 15, 1982.
Fetus and Newborn Committee. Benefits and risks of circumcision: another view. Can Med Assoc J 1982;126:1399.
Øster J: Further fate of the foreskin: incidence of preputial adhesions, phimosis and smegma among Danish boys. Arch Dis Child 1968; 43: 200-203