According to some recent information, the most unsanitary part of your doctor’s visit may be your doctor’s stethoscope. If there’s one symbol of the medical profession and its ability to help and heal, it’s the stethoscope. Either that or that snake thing. You know what I mean. But who thinks snakes are sanitary? Nobody. Who thinks stethoscopes are sanitary? Probably quite a few people. But apparently, that’s not the case.
Could the white coat of the doctor prevent adequate doctor-patient communication? Some say yes. The doctor’s white coat, which for many represents authority of some form, may lead patients to become intimidated and less likely to speak about medical issues they are experiencing.