Re: Rejuvenated image

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 43, No. 10, December 2001, Page 550 Letters

I enjoyed JAW’s editorial (“Rejuvenated image,” BCMJ 43(7):378) which suggests that if nurses resumed the wearing of traditional uniforms they would inspire greater confidence, appreciation, and respect from patients, co-workers, administrators, and government.

Doctors might benefit similarly if they returned to more dignified attire. Surely a physician can be a “friend” without showing up in shorts and sandals at the hospital, or a T-shirt and jeans in the office. Also rapport is quite possible without encouraging patients to address you by your first name.

Even in today’s pseudo-egalitarian world most people go to the doctor’s office looking for someone special. “Buddies” are available in any pub.

The dinosaur has spoken.

—Ashley Krisman, MD 

A. Krisman, MD. Re: Rejuvenated image. BCMJ, Vol. 43, No. 10, December, 2001, Page(s) 550 - Letters.

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