Picture the moment of gorgeous relief when labor is finally over and your doctor hands you your healthy baby boy. He has everything in the right place: ten, ten, two, and one. Then imagine that the doctor asks if you’d like to have one of your son’s pinky fingers removed.
Confused, you ask why anyone would consider such a thing. He explains that many parents find that it’s much more convenient to remove the pinky when the child is very young, so that the boy won’t remember the trauma and pain of the procedure. You ask for clarification: “Why would parents do it at all?”