High and Dry
by Jahmal Landers
For quite some time, bow ties have been the mark of the eccentric, creative type. The accomplished individualist. The peacock, if you will. When you see an older gentleman wearing a dickey bow, you might assume he is an architect, lawyer, congressman or doctor. Now bow ties have become more commonplace at red carpet events and with celebrities, though still not as ubiquitous as the necktie for everyday use. Long considered the less conventional neck wear, bow ties may have found a niche market.
British health officials have actually banned neckties for healthcare professionals. The Telegraph in the UK published a piece on the health concerns of the spread of communicable diseases by smart dressed doctors. Based on health studies, scarves, jewelry and even neckties could increase the risk of exposure and spread of MRSA, along with other bacterial infections that are a serious concern in the medical field. Dr. Michael Dixon, chairman of the National Healthcare System Alliance of the UK, believes doctors should still look professional despite the study’s claims. He also happens to wear a bow tie and sees it as a sensible compromise for many in his field.
He’s not the only doctor urging their colleagues to consider the more unorthodox tie.
Dr. Lawrence Kaplan, a general internist at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, also prefers it.
"I wear a stethoscope in my front pocket or around my neck, and the bow tie essentially doesn't get in the way,” Kaplan says.
Dr. Michael Levine, chief of endocrinology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, won the day with his take on why he would rather wear a bow tie.
"It's much more difficult for a baby to pee on your tie if it's a bow tie," he says.
High and tight; the bow tie is considered the more hygienic tie for many practicing medical professionals and we think that’s pretty neat.