Millions of people around the world want to be doctors since childhood and dream of the day when they can wear a white coat.
In fact, this dress is so important that most medical schools around the world hold ceremonies called white coat ceremonies.
This is the occasion when young students don the white coat reserved for doctors for the first time.
But have you ever wondered why this color became reserved for doctors?
Its cause and history are very interesting.
You may be surprised to know that the trend of wearing white coats among doctors is not very old and became common in the late 19th century.
Earlier, doctors usually wore black clothes and there was no hint of white in the clothes.
Black was chosen because it was considered a formal and dignified color and was believed to match the personality of doctors.
In the late 19th century, doctors and scientists realized the importance of cleanliness in hospitals or medical centers to prevent the growth of bacteria and the spread of epidemics.
The color white was associated with cleanliness and hence the use of white sheets and white clothing in hospitals to symbolize the fight against germs.
According to an article published in the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, the color white is also associated with honesty and transparency, which are important to the personality of doctors.
The process of replacing black clothes with white coats was completed very quickly and by 1900 doctors everywhere were wearing white coats.
The use of white coats also became ubiquitous to distinguish doctors from paramedics working during this period.