There's nothing wrong with white coats per se
. They are a traditional and universally recognised symbol for "doctor"! Patients often expect
the doctor to be so attired (perhaps because they would otherwise be distracted by poor / weird / unconventional / whatever dress sense). They protect the doctor's clothing, and show up readily enough when "soiled" (blood-splattered, etc.
). My point, however, is that we
are not doctors (or, for that matter, laboratory technicians).