History of National Doctor’s Day

This holiday 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. Although Doctor’s Day would remain an unofficial holiday for the next 58 years, it wouldn’t become an actual National holiday until Congress passed Proclamation 6253 in 1991.

It is a holiday that honors physicians for the work they do for their patients, the communities they work in and for society as a whole. It is 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.

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