ARC received the following letter from the Medical Board of California in response to our complaint re Dr. Schoen’s lies on national TV in his debate with George Denniston on the Today Show:

Medical Board of California
Central Complaint Unit
1426 Howe Avenue, Suite 54
Sacramento, CA 95825

June 2, 1999

J. Steven Svoboda
2961 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705

Re: Edgar Schoen, MD

Control Number: 12-99-96643

Dear Mr. Svoboda:

The Medical Board of California has concluded its review of your complaint you filed against Dr. Schoen.

As a licensing agency the Board has the authority to enforce that its licensees abide by the provisions of the Medical Practice Act within the California Business and Professions Code. In your complaint you indicate that Dr. Schoen has willfully disseminated false information to misrepresent the scientific data regarding the foreskin and circumcision during the course of an interview on a national television show.

Based on a review of the information contained in your complaint, it was determined that this would not be an issue for the Medical Board to address. Therefore, the case has been closed and no further action is anticipated. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We regret we are unable to assist you in this matter.


Consumer Services Analyst