History of Doctors Day

History of Doctors Day

 
March 30, 1933, was the first observance of Doctors Day in Winder, Georgia. Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to have a day to honor physicians. On this first day in 1933, greeting cards were mailed and flowers placed on the graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day.
 
The first ether anesthetic for surgery was administered by Crawford W. Long, M.D. on March 30, 1842, marking the date for Doctors Day. On that day, before Dr. Long operated to remove a tumor from a man’s neck, he administered ether anesthesia. Following surgery, the man would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware of anything until he awoke.
 
In 1991, National Doctors Day was proclaimed by President George Bush.
 
Join Community Memorial on March 30, as we celebrate National Doctor’s Day. You can make a donation to honor an exceptional doctor for their work and to support on-going innovations in patient-centered care. With your generous gift, you let a doctor know his or her work is important to you or someone you love. Along with your gift, we encourage you to share your gratitude by enclosing a note of thanks to your chosen doctor. Your note is shared with your honoree on Doctor’s Day.
 
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