Why do doctors wear bowties?

Offensive, half-witted nutters, and those with limited imaginations, have claimed that the fact that I wear a bowtie very occasionally is proof that I am a freemason.

In fact, the reason is more prosaic.

Doctors wear bowties (rather than the more usual long dangly ties) because bowties don’t droop onto, or into, the patient who is being examined or treated – whereas long droopy ones do.

That’s it.

Now you know.

I used to wear a bow tie – especially when I was a house surgeon many years ago.

But now that I no longer wield a stethoscope for a living, I usually wear one of the dangly ties.

And even if I’d wanted to join (which I never have) I very much doubt if the freemasons would have considered me suitable membership material.

Vernon Coleman’s latest volume of autobiography is called Memories 2 and it is available as a laminated hardback, a paperback and an eBook.