I am bewildered by this debate. 3-400 years after we know about how bacteria work and how germs spread, we are still having this debate? That washing up before an operation is a good idea? And this is their idea of medicine? How bizarre??? they really do not help their own cause, I am afraid.
By the way, I have made a note of this, it is against my religion to have any doctor, nurse or student who has not washed her hands to lay their dirty unwashed hands on me if I am in the hospital. What religion you might ask? well, I am a proud pastafarian! (go look it up! :)) Also check this link out if you can.