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I think it's cultural (and legal). What little time I've spent in Europe, I've noticed that Europeans in general aren't as freaked out about general daily germs as Americans. Also, European society is not as litigious as American. I get the feeling that doctor's over there aren't being nitpicked with malpractice actions like doctor's over here. The latter opinion is something I picked up from my sister, an MD for the last 25 years, who has more than a few European medical friends.
"No wonder we keep testing positive in their bicycle races. Everyone looks like they're full of testosterone when they're surrounded by Frenchmen." ---Argus Hamilton