Ronald Goldman (psychologist)

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Ronald Goldman is a psychologist, lecturer, and director of the Circumcision Resource Center in Boston.[1] Goldman is also director of the Early Trauma Prevention Center and educates about various American cultural practices associated with unrecognized infant trauma, what perpetuates these cultural practices, what we can do to create positive change.


Goldman is the author of the book Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma[2] (1997), in which he discusses several aspects of American male circumcision, including infant development and response to circumcision, reasons in favor of circumcision, evidence of long-term psychological effects of circumcision, disruption of the mother-child relationship, and potential effects of circumcision on American society. The book's foreword is by Ashley Montagu.

Goldman is the author of Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective[3] (1998), which critically examines the ritual from a Jewish perspective.

Other publications include Circumcision Policy: A psychosocial perspective[4] (Paediatrics & Child Health 2004), in which he argues that "medical organizations should be aware of the potential legal implications associated with a flawed policy", The psychological impact of circumcision (BJU International 1999), and various other articles.

Personal views[edit]

Goldman was interviewed by the Baltimore Jewish Times (1997), where he says "Circumcision is overwhelmingly painful and traumatic".[5]


  1. ^ — Circumcision Resource Center website
  2. ^ "Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma". Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  3. ^ "Jewish Circumcision Resource Center". Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-09-04. Retrieved 2018-03-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Dr. Ronald Goldman on Circumcision". Baltimore Jewish Times.

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