Doing The Rounds

White coat effects

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 23 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1704
  1. Patricia M Gordon, registrara,
  2. Stephen G Keohane, registrara,
  3. Robert M Herd, senior registrara
  1. aUniversity Department of Dermatology, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh EH3 9YW
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Gordon

    To many patients, the hospital doctor is epitomised by the white coat. What patients think of the way their doctor dresses has generated considerable interest.1 2 Of further interest is the actual contents of the white coat, and indeed senior hospital doctors may be aware of a “lightening” of the weight of their white coat with a concomitant increase in clinical responsibilities. This is not a phenomenon unique to obstetricians. The new house officer, weighed down with the essential items (tendon hammer, ophthalmoscope, handbook of medical emergencies, etc) to ensure …

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