Stanley N. Schwartz, MD
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To the Editors: About 2 years ago, I gave up wearing sport coats and suits while practicing medicine and went back to wearing a white lab coat. I did this with trepidation because the medical center I work in is not a "white coat" institution: When you are past your training program here, you wear business clothes like everyone else.
Although the white coat seems less favored lately and had even been incriminated in producing "illness" (so-called "white coat hypertension") (1), there are practical reasons for wearing one. The economy of the white coat is undeniable: A whole wardrobe of
Schwartz SN. The White Coat Revisited. Ann Intern Med. ;115:233–234. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-3-233_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(3):233-234.
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