Doctors and medical students in India should stop wearing white coats

  title={Doctors and medical students in India should stop wearing white coats},
  author={Edmond Fernandes},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
Evidence shows that long sleeved coats facilitate the transmission of infection in hospitals, leading to avoidable harm and cost to patients, says Edmond Fernandes 

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