Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Medical Monochromatic Fashion, an Evolution

I have been reading Francesco Adami's From Last Hope to First Aid: Stories from the History of Emergency Medicine. In his discussion of white coats, a color chosen for resistance to discoloring effects of antisepsis methods,  he suggests that the reader observe a number of paintings depicting doctors, from 1617 on, showing the progression from black formal gowns to white coats. So let's do that.
Anatomy Lesson of Dr Willem van der Meer 1617

Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 1632

The Gross Clinic, 1875

The Agnew Clinic 1889
Theodor Billroth Operating, 1890

On the Operating Table, 1902-1903

The Surgeons, 1912

The Cardiologist Henry Vaquez, 1918
Appendectomy in Geneva, 1929

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