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by Abigail Van Buren

Dad's Behavior Undercuts Family's Attempt to Heal

DEAR ABBY: The letter about protecting oneself from colds by frequent hand-washing hit home. Sixty-six years ago, we had the first personal hygiene course given in high school. The teacher's advice: "Never touch any door handle with your bare hands, especially bathroom doors."

My sons and grandsons laugh every time I open a door in a public place with a tissue, a glove or my jacket. I keep reminding them about the person who sneezes with his hand cupped over his nose. -- DR. BOB IN BEACHWOOD, OHIO

DEAR DR. BOB: I'm not laughing. I'm reminded of Howard Hughes. Maybe he wasn't so eccentric after all.