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March 21, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(12):416-417. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410640020008

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A Distinguishing Mark.  —A British doctor has lately contended in favor of a particular style of hat for physician's use. His argument is not made for advertising purposes; but to facilitate a proper recognition between men of the same class—as largely obtains in England between clergymen, and between barristers, from distinctive features of their costume. Other points are also advanced, such as a saving of time to the physician, and the prompt assistance which may be afforded in accidents by being quickly recognized among a mass of people.We remember that these, and other arguments, were put forth some time ago by a physician in this country, who favored the wearing of an olive-colored button by all members of the medical profession.It is feared, however, that plans of this character will beg adoption, for reasons which all will appreciate.Apropos to this may be mentioned the uniform allowed the

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