The white coat ceremony: a contemporary medical ritual

  title={The white coat ceremony: a contemporary medical ritual},
  author={S. Huber},
  journal={Journal of Medical Ethics},
  pages={364 - 366}
  • S. Huber
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • The white coat ceremony is a common practice at many American and European medical schools. Current justification for the ceremony is mainly based on the good will felt by participants and an assumed connection between the ceremony and encouraging humanistic values in medicine. Recent critiques of the ceremony faults its use of oaths, premature alignment of students and faculty, and the selective appropriation of meaning to the white coat itself. This paper responds to recent critiques by… CONTINUE READING
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