In the UK, new NHS mandates prohibit doctors in hospitals from wearing ties, or long sleeves, out of concerns that such “professional” attire could carry germs.
I did not carry any poison, or other cause of disease, to any patient of mine ; and if not I, then how should he become capable of doing so ? He is a gentleman who is scrupulously careful of his personal appearance, of great experience as a practitioner, and well informed as to modern opinions on the contagion of childbed fever. Still, those of you who are contagionists will say that he carried the poison from house to house ; and if so, then you ought to give some rationale of the fact. Did he carry it on his hands ? But a gentleman’s hands are clean. – Charles Delucena Meigs