Sunday, March 31, 2019

Why Do Doctors Wear Green or Blue Scrubs?

Scrubs used to be white — the color of cleanliness. Then in the early 20th century, one influential doctor switched to green because he thought it would be easier on a surgeon’s eyes, according to an article in a 1998 issue of Today’s Surgical Nurse. Although it is hard to confirm whether green scrubs became popular for this reason, green may be especially well-suited to help doctors see better in the operating room because it is the opposite of red on the color wheel.

Why Doctors Wear Green or Blue Scrubs?

The color wheel was developed in an attempt to explain color perception in human eyes. In his book "Theory of Colors", the famous poet Goethe has written, "...for the colors diametrically opposed to each other... are those that reciprocally evoke each other in the eye."


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