Dr Terry Russell (with Dr Peter Loth, Dr Melissa Gilbert)
Dr Terry Russell is a Queensland GP who has specialises in infant circumcision. He boasts that he has performed more that 30,000 circumcisions. He was fined for opportunistically diagnosing and performing hundreds of tongue-tie surgeries while performing circumcisions during 1999. He has also breached advertising guidelines in the past by falsely stating that circumcision prevents cancer of the penis.
Click here for further information, especially important information on the lack of effectiveness of the EMLA anesthetic cream, which the manufacturers do not recommend for infant circumcisions.
Those who were circumcised by Dr Russell and are now old enough to understand the damage that has been done may be interested in taking legal action. In 1993, the Qld Law Reform Commission’s review into male circumcision concluded: “On a strict interpretation of the assault provisions of the Queensland Criminal Code, routine circumcision of a male infant could be regarded as a criminal act”, and that doctors who perform circumcision on male infants may be liable to civil claims by that child at a later date. This is yet to be tested in an Australian court. If you are interested in taking legal action against Dr Terry Russell or any other Queensland doctor please visit this facebook page.
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