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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.