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Doctors should abandon ties and avoid nose rings

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7401.1231-a (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1231
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The necktie, that traditional symbol of male medical authority, is under threat. Pressure is mounting for doctors to either pin their ties back to stop the spread of infection from flapping tie ends or get rid of them altogether.


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    Model of a modern doctor: no dangling tie and no nose ring

    ULRIKE PREUSS/BMJ

    Junior doctors are this week being asked to back a resolution saying that there is no longer a reason for doctors to wear ties while at work and while seeing patients.

    Wearing a tie may enhance patients' satisfaction and confidence, say critics, but a dangling tie also substantially …

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