The History of the Lab Coat

Imagine you are going to have surgery and you are waiting for the surgeon to come to the operation theatre. Meanwhile, a person enters the room wearing a black coat; what will be the first thought pop up in your mind by looking at him? You must think that maybe he is a lawyer and he mistakenly gets in here. Sounds funny! Well, Jokes apart! It would leave a weird impression by seeing a doctor in the black coat.

Have you ever think why doctors and physicians, lab assistants and the whole medical staff wear a white coat? Why did they not adopt more functional color? Like green, yellow, black, etc. why only “WHITE”? There might be some reason or the history behind the color. To know this, let’s dig into the history.

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The meaning behind the color WHITE

The color white was chosen with good reasons because it represents purity which indicates the physician’s commitment not to harm and will be responsible for their profession. White depicts goodness, Jesus, Moses, and the Saints. It represents serenity. White also conveys cleanliness. In addition to that white coat symbolizes the significance of purpose. It communicates the physician’s medical determination. White serves as a symbolic barrier to maintain the professional distance between patient and physician. Perhaps, most importantly, the white coat is a garment of compassion.

The historical backdrop of the white lab coat

Want to know the history behind this white colored lab coat? Let’s get back in the 19th century. In older days, the physicians did not have that honor and recognition they have today. There were inadequate standards of valuable practice, and a medical degree could be obtained in a year. Laboratory Scientists at that time were highly respected. They used to wear a beige (pale pinkish -yellow) colored lab coats. The scientists had damaged the dignity of physicians by claiming that the cures by medicine (physicians) were worthless. Scientists got more recognition of people and rulers at that time than physicians. Thus physicians decided to become scientists and adopted the scientific lab coat as their standard of dress. And the physicians began to wear the most recognizable symbol of the scientist, the laboratory coat in the year 1889 AD. They decided the color of their coat to be white.

The modern white coat was introduced to medicine by Dr. George Armstrong (1855–1933) in Canada, President of the Canadian Medical Association and a surgeon at the Montreal General Hospital. Physicians began to wear beige lab coats that were typically worn by scientists in laboratories. This gave physicians a more technical image that differentiated them from homeopaths and other people.

Since then, white became standard color for lab coats. Surgeons were the first to wear white lab coats, hospital doctors follow the trend, and then in-office general practitioners adopted white lab coat as their professional apparel.

Bottom line

Today we see medical students, lab assistants, nurses, doctors, every single person related to medicine wear a white lab coat. This white colored apparel adds more charm to their personalities. If you are a medical student and looking for a lab coat, then get the one for you. There are many lab coats for sale available in the online stores or shops. You can get the one for you today and walk confidently wearing this beautiful clothing.

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Crystals

For centuries, crystals have taken pride of place in many people’s lives. Enjoyed for their beauty and healing benefits, crystals are one accessory that has never gone out of fashion. However, when it comes to crystals you will usually find people grouped into one of two categories: believers and sceptics. And for those that lean more towards scepticism, it’s usually because they don’t know enough about them. So to help bring you up to speed on why crystals are so popular, below are four interesting facts about these precious stones that you may not have known before.

1. Colour is Key

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The biggest factor that determines a crystal’s key purpose is its colour. The colour of a crystal represents what sort of stone it is and what purposes it can be used for. Specialised businesses such as Feel Crystals are able to lead you through what each crystal and its colour represents, as well as what benefits it might have for you physically, emotionally and spiritually. For example, stones that are green or pink are ideal for emotional healing. These include rose quartz or green aventurine.

2. Cleansing

Using crystals, particularly for healing purposes is not as simple as buying the one you like then carrying it around in your pocket. The belief behind the power of crystals is to do with their ability to connect with the energy of your body, which is why they must be cleansed before use. Crystals that have been sitting in a store will absorb all the emotional or spiritual energy around them, which will have no benefit for you. Cleansing of crystals can be done a variety of ways including cleansing in moonlight or sunlight, burying or even placing them in water. Burning sage is also believed to be a possible cleansing technique.

3. Pick the ‘Right’ One

It is believed that crystals can only work correctly if you have selected the right one for you and your body’s energy. The best way to do this is to look at an array of crystals and pick the one that really grabs you, or the one you feel particularly drawn to. Some people are even able to feel the energy ‘pulses’ of a crystal – which is a sign you have picked the right one. Sometimes its energy can feel hot or cold on your skin, or it can even feel like a small electric shock.

4. They are Living Organisms

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This is a fun fact that many people are probably not aware of – crystals aren’t just pretty rocks.

Part of the mineral kingdom, these beautiful natural elements are most certainly alive, which is why you will often see them growing in clusters. Because of this, they have a ‘life energy’ which is why they are believed to have a variety of healing benefits by matching up this energy with the energy points or ‘chakras’ on your own body.

There is a reason the use of crystals dates back thousands of years, and it wasn’t just to ward off negative energy or evil spirits. Crystals have long been believed to offer emotional and physical healing properties – and their popularity is a clear sign they must be doing something right.

Do you own any crystals? What do they mean to you? Share your experiences below.

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Re-Interpreting the Statement Piece

Statement pieces serve an important role in the fashion world. They complete an ensemble in such a way that other people can’t help but take notice. However, there are several alternative ways to employ a statement piece as well. In this article, we’re going to take a survey of traditional statement pieces before going on to explore a few less-typical ways to reinterpret the concept.

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Traditional Statement Pieces

A traditional statement piece is a fashion accessory (usually a piece of jewellery) that stands out from an ensemble and grabs others’ attention. This could be anything form a flashy necklace to a stand-out watch. As long as it demands attention and completes the ensemble, then it is a true statement piece.

When it comes to traditional statement pieces, the following criteria typically apply:

  • A statement piece is usually going to be big.

This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but a statement piece is usually large. This makes it more eye catching and helps it to stand out from the ensemble. The whole point of the piece is to draw attention to itself, which is why it needs to be large in the first place. Just bear in mind that a person with a particularly petite frame is going to look unusual if their statement piece is so large that it eclipses them.

  • A statement piece needs to match the ensemble.

Usually, a person only has one or two statement pieces, which means that they end up buying clothes and other accessories to match their favourite pieces. Given the fact that it is supposed to stand out, completing and total matching is not necessary. Indeed, a bit of incongruity can actually make the piece more eye catching. That said, it does need to look more or less homogenous with the rest of the outfit.

  • A statement piece can’t tolerate company.

Remember: your statement piece is intended to stand out from the rest of the outfit, but it’s going to have trouble doing this if another aspect of your ensemble is attempting to do the same. Limit yourself to one statement piece at a time for a classier, more conservative look.

Pieces that Actually Make a Statement

There are alternative ways to interpret the statement piece as well. While the traditional variety is typically an accessory or a piece of jewellery, you can also invest in statement pieces that actually issue a statement of some sort. These can run the gamut from printed tee-shirts to novelty-style gifts. In fact, if you are buying for friends or family, these types of statement pieces can make for great birthday or Christmas gifts – so long as you know the person well enough to know what kind of statement they would like to make about themselves.

In terms of novelty jewellery, one of the most popular statement piece is probably the silicone wristband, which a person wears to show support for a particular cause or charity. The Livestrong wristbands were among the first available, and countless others have appeared on the market since then.

If you are shopping for novelty-style gifts, you may also end up finding statement pieces for your house. Custom BBQ branding irons (that allow you to sear your own name into your steaks) will make quite a prominent addition to your culinary arsenal. It also allows you to issue a bold statement every time you cook for guests. Something along the lines of, ‘This is my sirloin steak, but you can eat it’.

Likewise, a humorous book set on the coffee table, printed coffee mugs and other household odds and ends can easily jump out and grab a person’s attention. In such a way, a well-placed decoration can function as a statement piece for a particular room in the house. The possibilities are endless.

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6 Clothing Items Every Woman Needs

Every woman deserves to look irresistible on a regular basis, and a carefully-chosen wardrobe can help any woman accomplish this goal. Regardless of your height, shape, or weight, the right outfit can make you look and feel attractive, confident, and unforgettable. Here are 6 clothing items that every woman needs to have in her wardrobe. If you don’t currently have all of them, then it is time to go shopping!

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1. Flattering Jeans

Jeans can be painfully expensive, especially the quality kind that slim down your thighs and make your butt look incredible. While you may not be able to afford an entire closet full of expensive, flattering jeans, you deserve to have at least one pair that makes you look and feel amazing. To make your favorite pair of jeans last as long as possible, try not to wash them too frequently, and be sure you hang them up to dry instead of throwing them in the dryer with your other clothes.

2. Flirty Undergarments

 Even if you are the only one who sees your bra and panties on a regular basis, that doesn’t give you an excuse to wear mismatched or boring intimates. You might be surprised at how much more attractive and flirtatious you feel when you are wearing a cute bra with matching panties. Even a lacey undergarment that provides extra support like a shapewear slip, padded boyshorts, or corset can feel feminine and flirty.

3. A Little Black Dress

Have you been feeling a little bit less than desirable lately? Then it is time to go out and purchase a little black dress that will bring your sassy side out in a big way. Whether it is cute and frilly or tight and form-fitting, every woman needs to have a little black dress in her closet for those days when she wants to feel more attractive and flirtatious.

4. A Pair of Stilettos

No matter how clumsy or how tall you are, you need to have at least one pair of sexy stilettos in your closet. Whether you are dressing up for a fancy reception or you are getting ready to go out on a hot date, a pair of stilettos can complete your outfit and help you make a bold fashion statement.

5. A Business Suit

Even if you prefer to walk around in jeans and a t-shirt all day, you should make sure you have at least one classy business suit hanging up in your closet. A business suit can not only make you look confident and powerful, but it can also make an unforgettable impression on a potential employer during a job interview.

6. A Pair of Comfy Sweats

To some men, nothing is sexier than a woman who is confident enough to curl up on the couch in a pair of comfy sweats and a baggy t-shirt. Every woman should have at least one pair of sweats that she can wear when she wants to lounge around the house and forget about all of her daytime worries.

If your closet is currently lacking any or all of these clothing necessities, it is time to schedule a shopping date and restock your closet with clothing that makes you feel good about yourself.

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