Talk:/Medical Institutions in ancient india/Vaidyas/Dress
Like his modern counterpart, the ancient physician of India was conspicuous by his clean and well-washed clothes, his short-clipped hair and nails and his general demeanor of smartness and geniality. Susruta describes him thus:
� The medical graduate should enter into the medical profession resorting to the close clipping of his hair and nails, clean�liness, white raiment, holding of an umbrella and handstick, wearing of the shoes, and avoidance of gaudy clothes, and imbued with a spirit of helpfulness, brotherhood and sincerity towards all creatures .
S. Sutra 10 3.
It is noteworthy that even in England for many centuries, the physician held a gold-tipped cane in his hand while visiting his patients.