Dressed to Heal: The Changing Semiotics of Surgical Dress

  title={Dressed to Heal: The Changing Semiotics of Surgical Dress},
  author={Susan Hardy and Anthony Corones},
  journal={Fashion Theory},
  pages={27 - 49}
Abstract This article examines the change in medical dress from frock coats to white coats. The semiotics of dress is vital to understanding how and why this occurred. The article concludes that considerations of embodied identity deserve a place in the history of medicine, and that fashion theory can help illuminate aspects of medical practice that would otherwise remain invisible. 

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