It’s easy to forget just how important, valuable and necessary good doctors are – that is, until you get ill or sustain am injury.
Doctors Day puts hard-working doctors in the spotlight, and encourages us to be considerate of the long hours they work, their compassion, and the effort they put into practicing medicine.
It is also their hard work and devotion that keeps all of us healthy and this day thanks them for doing that for us and our loved ones.
This day can be traced back to March 30, 1933. This is when Doctor’s Day was first observed in Winder, Georgia. It was originally started by Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a prominent Georgian doctor, who wanted to create a day just for recognizing and honoring doctors. She decided the best way to do that was to mail greeting cards to all of the doctors she knew of and to place flowers on the graves of deceased physicians. The flowers that she placed on the graves of these doctors were red carnations–a flower which is still used to this day for National Doctor’s Day celebrations.
Why did Eudora Brown Almond choose March 30th as the date for Doctor’s Day?
That’s because that day is when Dr. Crawford W. Long used an ether anesthetic for the first time during surgery in 1842.
Today we continue to celebrate medical advances like these and thank all doctors everywhere who’ve spent so much time and energy mastering their field of expertise.