Doctors Don’t Wash Hands Enough Because They Don’t Trust Statistics

“Doctors today of course know the importance of cleanliness. Medical dramas show them meticulously scrubbing in for operations. But the Semmelweis story remains relevant. Doctors still don’t wash their hands enough. Even today, physicians’ resistance to hand-washing is a deadly problem. But most importantly, it’s still a conflict that is centrally about whether doctors are willing to change their modus operandi because a statistical study says so.” (p. 83)

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