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Sixty seconds on . . . beards

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 03 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m811

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Re: Sixty seconds on . . . beards ( and moustaches? )

Dear Editor

I am beardless. I do have a moustache (much smaller than it was in my youth when I worked in cardiothoracic surgery).

Perhaps Southampton is going over-board? I hate it to drown in the Channel.

Has anybody checked whether bearded and moustached surgeons and anaesthetists in the Middle East and in India (where full Sikhs are found In considerable numbers), the beards and moustaches have been found to be encumbrances?

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 March 2020
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough, England