The history of medical clothing

The history of medical clothing dates back millennia and is inextricably linked to the development of medicine, technology and health care.

In ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece and Rome, doctors and other medical workers wore loose robes that distinguished them from others.

In the Middle Ages, due to epidemics and infectious diseases, medical personnel began to wear protective clothing, such as the so-called "black robe" worn during plague epidemics in Europe to minimize the risk of infection.

In the 19th century, with the development of medicine, there was a need for more functional and hygienic medical clothing. Doctors began to wear white coats, which symbolized cleanliness and hygiene.

In the 20th century, medical clothing evolved with technological advances and the needs of medical personnel. New materials appeared, such as polyesters and blended fabrics, that were more durable, easier to clean and more comfortable to use. In addition, hygiene and safety standards were introduced, which had an impact on the design of medical clothing.
Nowadays, medical clothing is diverse in terms of style, cut and functionality. Scrubs, a set of sweatshirts and trousers, have become a common uniform for medical staff. Scrubs are usually made of lightweight, breathable fabrics that provide comfort and freedom of movement.

Medical clothing continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of medical personnel. Modern materials are becoming more and more popular, providing even greater comfort, safety and functionality in the medical environment.

Marika Bury-Kubacka