My White Coat Ritual Poster

MY WHITE COAT RITUAL

Gregory L. Henry, MD, FACEP

James Mills MD Memorial Lecture
American College of Emergency Physicians
1998 Scientific Assembly
San Diego, California

Every time I put on the [white] coat, I stop for two minutes. I stop for two minutes and remember Galen and Hippocrates. I pick up the coat: "to whatever house I shall enter, it shall be for the benefit of the sick." At that moment I am Doctor of Medicine; I carry with me a 2500 year tradition, and shame on me if I do not carry it out with dignity for the next eight hours. My problems are not the patient's problems. For that period of time, I am the agent and servant of the patient - I am proud to be the servant of the sick. I put on that coat and I'm a better person. All my petty prejudices should disappear when the coat goes on. That's what the coat is all about.

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