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Scrubs evolution: Medical apparel then and now

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Today, scrubs are worn by professionals ranging from heart surgeons to dental hygienists.

It’s hard for many of us to remember a time when these comfortable and practical uniforms weren’t the norm for daily wear in every area of healthcare.

But, like all clothing styles, scrubs have a history. Here’s a fun look at medical clothing from the early days through today.

The Black Robe
Prior to about 1900, doctors traditionally wore dark robes—not unlike those worn by clergy and magistrates. Since men in each of these professions were viewed as experts in matters concerning life and death, the somber attire was a natural choice. During a time when medical intervention often did more harm than good, odds were you might need a priest after you saw the doctor!

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One Response to Scrubs evolution: Medical apparel then and now

  1. JerZFox RN

    Your forgot the nurse’s cap!