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Ronald Goldman (psychologist)

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Name  Ronald Goldman

Role  Psychologist
Books  Questioning Circumcision

Ronald goldman testifies on circumcision trauma at historic pace hearing

Ronald Goldman, PhD, is a psychologist, educator, and executive director of the Circumcision Resource Center in Boston. He gives lectures and seminars on the psychosocial aspects of circumcision, counsels parents and circumcised men, and has been a featured guest on local and national radio and television shows.


ronald goldman testifies on circumcision trauma at historic pace hearing january 2014


Goldman is the author of the book Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma (1997), in which he discusses several aspects of male circumcision, including infant development and his theory of the long-term psychological effects of circumcision. The book's foreword is by Ashley Montagu, who established the Ashley Montagu Resolution to End the Genital Mutilation of Children Worldwide.

Goldman is also the author of Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective (1998), which pays special attention to contemporary concerns of the Jewish community.

His more recent publications include Circumcision policy: A psychosocial perspective (Paediatrics & Child Health 2004), in which he argues that "medical organizations should be aware of the potential legal implications associated with a flawed policy".

Personal views

In Men's Health Magazine (no longer online but reprinted on, he remarks that "Circumcision removes one-third to one-half of the skin on the penile shaft. The average circumcision cuts off what would grow into about 30 square centimetres of sexually sensitive skin."

Goldman was interviewed by the Baltimore Jewish Times (1997), where he says "Circumcision is overwhelmingly painful and traumatic".


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