March 30 is National Doctor‘s Day! This day is meant to recognize and honor physicians for their contributions to society and the field of medicine and their help in keeping us all healthy and happy.
National Doctor’s Day was first celebrated in Widner, Georgia on March 30, 1933, and was created by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond. This date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetia in surgery. Dr. Crawford Long used ether to remove a tumor from a patient’s neck in Jefferson, Georgia on March 30, 1842. As part of the celebration on the very first Doctor’s Day, The Barrow County (Georgia) Medical Society Auxiliary mailed cards to physicians and their wives and placed flowers on the graves of deceased doctors.
The United States House of Representatives adopted a Resolution Commemorating Doctor’s Day on March 30, 1958. Years later in 1990, the House and the Senate developed legislation to establish a national Doctor’s Day. By October of that year, the approval by the House and the Senate was overwhelming, and on October 30, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed S.J. RES. #366, officially declaring March 30 “National Doctor’s Day.”
Doctor’s Day is and can be commemorated in a variety of ways today. Many employers and hospitals celebrate today by showing their admiration and respect for doctors by hosting luncheons and giving gifts to doctors on their staff. Greeting card companies have even taken note of this national holiday, and you can find cards made especially for this day. Make sure your local health professionals do not go unnoticed today and do something nice for those who help keep your community healthy. Whether it’s buying them a gift or simply telling them how much you appreciate their services to your community, be sure to show your gratitude!
Happy Doctor’s Day!