Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Views & Reviews Outside the Box

Exit the tie

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 20 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2047

Rapid Response:

Exit the tie

Trisha Greenhalgh (BMJ 23 May 2009:338; 1278) suggested abolition of
school ties to reduce strangulation risk, but came up short seeking
publication after calculating numbers needed to harm.

Alan Johnson had no trouble banning doctors’ ties, despite a total
lack of evidence that anyone had ever been harmed. The benefits of that
intervention have likewise failed to find publication in a peer review

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 May 2009
James Henderson
SpR Plastic Surgery
Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, CB2 20QQ