Brian Morris and colleagues have published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) a paper attacking the paper published earlier this year in the JME by me and Bob Van Howe, which critically analyzed the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP’s) 2012 position statement and technical report regarding neonatal circumcision. The publication in the JME of the Svoboda-Van Howe paper was accompanied by the concurrent publication of a response by the AAP that attempted to suggest bias on behalf of me and Bob without being able to point to a single specific error anywhere in our article.

Morris’ paper is entitled “Veracity and rhetoric in paediatric medicine: a critique of Svoboda and Van Howe’s response to the AAP policy on infant male circumcision.” It is interesting to note, however, that Morris seems even more upset with the AAP for not forcefully recommending universal neonatal circumcision than he is with us.