Have you ever thought about what the world would be like without doctors? I don’t know about you, but I don’t even want to think about it! We pause this month to celebrate our doctors. The National Doctors’ Day is celebrated the 30th day of March every year. It is our time to celebrate these selfless men and women and all they do for us.
History of National Doctors’ Day
Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a doctor in Georgia, believed her husband and other physicians deserved more recognition for their hard work and set out to make this idea a reality. The first observed Doctors’ Day occurred on March 30, 1933. March 30th was chosen because it was on that date in 1842 when Dr. Crawford W. Long used an ether anesthetic for the first time during surgery. As a way to honor doctors, Mrs. Almond mailed greeting cards to all local physicians and their wives, and she put flowers on the graves of deceased doctors. The flowers were red carnations, which would later become the representative flower for the national holiday. A few other local doctors’ wives even assisted Almond in preparing a celebratory luncheon so their husbands’ work in healthcare could be publicly appreciated.
On March 30, 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution that commemorates Doctors’ Day and on October 30, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the legislation after approval from both the House and the Senate. However, other countries celebrate their doctors on a different day than we do, often to recognize an important physician from their country. For example, Spain, Cuba, and Argentina celebrate on December 3 to commemorate Dr. Carlos Juan Finlay’s birthday, who famously identified mosquitos as the carriers of yellow fever.
Advancements in medical technology still rival the human mind. We thank God for doctors and we are encouraging you to thank your favorite doctor(s) this month. Here are 7 ideas of ways to show your appreciation for your doctor(s):
1. Thank-you card (mail it to the office or send the doctor an e-card). The message should be simple: ‘Thank you for everything you have done for me!’
2. Post a thank you message on social media using the hashtag #NationalDoctorsDay.
3. Personalized or engraved ballpoint pen.
4. 4GB USB flash drive.
5. Coffee mug, gift card for local coffee shop.
6. Portable phone charger.
7. If you haven’t seen your doctor for some time, he or she would appreciate you scheduling a checkup!
The ideas to celebrate and show appreciation for your doctor(s) are endless. Remember it is not how much the gift costs but the thoughtfulness. Remember, thoughtfulness, kindness and gratitude still go a long way today.
On March 30, 2021 – join in this global celebration honoring the doctors who have dedicated their lives caring for others.
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