Medicine only became ‘scientific’ in the early twentieth century with the transfer of diagnosis and treatment from the privacy of the home to the public space of the hospital. There was also a shift in perception of the doctor. To distance themselves from possible charges of quackery, doctors adopted the scientist’s white coat, a metaphor for the serious pursuit of knowledge but also a symbol of the cleanliness then lacking in public institutions. (Circa) >

Des O’Neill wrote about the same exhibition in the BMJ >