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Mortality and morbidity among traditionally circumcised Xhosa boys in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

S.M. Mogotlane, J.T. Ntlangulela, B.G.A. Ogunbanjo

Curationis; Vol 27, No 2 (2004), 57-62. doi: 10.4102/curationis.v27i2.980

Submitted: 28 September 2004
Published:  28 September 2004


Male circumcision is one of the oldest traditions observed by many societies. The ritual is performed at specific periods in life with the main purpose of integrating the male child into the society according to cultural norms. Recently, especially in the Eastern Cape, many initiates have died or have had to face life with mutilated genitals following this ritual.

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S.M. Mogotlane, Dept, of Health Studies, UNISA, South Africa
J.T. Ntlangulela, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, South Africa
B.G.A. Ogunbanjo, Dept, of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care, MEDUNSA, South Africa


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