National Doctor’s Day in the United States is a holiday which is celebrated on March 30th each year. 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.
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 the doctors she knew of and to place on the graves of deceased doctors. The flowers that she placed on the graves of
those 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: because that day is when Dr, Crawford W Long used an ether anesthetic for the first time in 1842. Doctor’s Day would remain an unofficial holiday for the next 58 years.
It would not become an actual National holiday until Congress passed Proclamation 6253 in 1991.
Per Jean Hill, AMAA Member, the above photo is a significant piece of history! “It was a donation to the Living Bank to honor Physicians on the 50th Anniversary of Doctors’ Day.
In 1990, President George Bush proclaimed March 30 as National Doctors’ Day.”
“We are standing in front of the statue of Doctor Crawford Long of Georgia, who first used ether anesthesia on March 30, 1842.”