New Exhibit Features History of Medical Attire at Duke

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We are happy to announce that our new exhibit, "Head to Toe: Medical Attire Past & Present," is now on display. Featuring clothing and accessories from the Medical Center Archives collections, the exhibit explores the role of apparel in the health profession, and particularly at Duke Medicine, over the past 75 years. Items include an original 1970's era Duke nursing student uniform, an early medical bag of a Duke physician, and a graduation cap of the first School of Medicine Dean, Wilburt Davison, as well as historical photographs and documents. 

Learn about the evolution of School of Nursing uniform, what Duke physicians once wore to protect themselves from ultraviolet radiation during operations, and why the growth of the Medical Center made a dress code necessary. (The 1974 illustration to the right was aimed at helping patients identify hospital staff by their uniform. Click to enlarge.)

The exhibit may be seen on Levels 1 & 2R through the end of May.

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