meus intuitus

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These first weeks of medical school have been incredible.  On receiving my white coat:  Adding so much ceremony to getting a white coat can be misleading.  This ceremony emphasizes the symbolism of the white coat.  The most obvious and typically appreciated symbol, of course, is power.  However, for the greater physician, the white coat is not a symbol of power, but rather of responsibility.  The white coat has its roots in the scientific background of the physician–it is, most accurately, a white lab coat.  But the physician dons this coat seeking not protection from chemical splashes and flame, but the application of its science to humanity.  The science that can spread contagion, chemical, and misery; the science that renews hearts, bodies, and lives.  Such is the responsibility of the white coat–the application of something so potent and raw as science to something so delicate and precious as life.


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August 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm

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