A Good Excuse for Not Wearing Neckties

Public-health officials trying to reduce hospital-acquired infections have adopted this one:

forbidding doctors to wear neckties because, as the U.K. Department of Health has noted, they

  • “are rarely laundered,”
  • “perform no beneficial function in patient care,” and
  • “have been shown to be colonized pathogens.”

—Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Super Freakonomics, p. 298 (bullet-points added).


  1. says

    I thought of you when I uploaded that pic, Sam! I was looking for a good pic to go along with this quotation, and I thought of the Omega tie. No offense! It’s nice—as far as ties go.

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