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More on eliminating white coats in medicine

July 27, 2009

The NY Times carried a story this week on the debate over whether or not physicians should wear white coats.  I posted previously about this here.

As somebody who researched infectious diseases (specifically MRSA), anything that has a hint of preventing nosocomial transmission should be tried.  My personal opinion is that we should follow the Brits and adopt a “bare below the elbows” policy.  I agree that the white coat is a powerful symbol in medicine, but it can be adapted.

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