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J R Soc Med. 1991 January; 84(1): 43.
PMCID: PMC1293053

Why do hospital doctors wear white coats?

Abstract

Seventy-two per cent of all hospital doctors and medical students wear white coats and most wear them greater than 75% of the time. White coats are worn chiefly for easy recognition by colleagues and patients, to put items in the pockets and to keep clothes clean. Psychiatrists and paediatricians try to maximize rapport with patients by deliberately not wearing white coats.

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