Cuts in the dark

It’s mid-morning in suburban Melbourne. A young couple is in the practice waiting room, embroiled in the age-old challenge of settling a grumbly bub.

The receptionist calls and they’re ushered into the consult room. It’s a little awkward initially, understandable considering it is their first meeting with Dr Hershel Goldman — and he is about to remove their son James’ foreskin.

“It was largely a hygiene issue, an aesthetic issue and also — it sounds awful when you say it out loud, and it’s not like we wanted him to be ‘matchy, matchy’