National Doctors Day falls on March 30 every year. It is celebrated to express our gratitude for the contributions of physicians to society. This is the day when Dr. Crawford W. Long first used ether anesthesia in surgery. The Date may vary from nation to nation and in some nations, it is marked as a holiday. Different hospitals and clinic pay tribute to their doctors and physicians on Doctor’s day.
The first Doctor’s day was observed on March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia. The first observance includes the mailing of cards to the physicians and their wives, flowers placed on the grave of deceased doctors. After the Barrow County Alliance adopted Mrs. Almond’s resolution to pay tribute to the doctors, this plan was presented to the Georgia State Medical Alliance in 1933 by Mr. E.R. Harris of the winder, President of the Barrow County Alliance. On May 10, 1934, the resolution was introduced to the Women’s Alliance of the Southern Medical Association at its 29th annual meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri, November 19-22, 1935, by the alliance president, Mrs. j. Bonar White. Since then, Doctors’ Day has become an important part of the Southern Medical Association Alliance.
Then the holiday was officially signed in to the U.S. Law in early 1990,s buy president George Bush.
Celebration in different Nations
In Brazil National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on October 18 as a holiday. On this day the Catholic Church celebrates the birthday of Saint Luke. Saint Luke was a doctor, as it is written in the New Testament(Colossians).
National Doctors day is celebrated in Canada on May 1.
In Cuba National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on December 3rd as a holiday to mark the birthday of Carlos Juan Finlay. He was a Cuban physician and scientist recognized as a pioneer in yellow fever research. He was the first one to tell that a mosquito is a carrier of the yellow fever disease.
In India, the National Doctor’s Dy is celebrated on July 1 to honor the legendary physicians and the second chief minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan ChandraRoy. He was born on July 1, 1882, and died on the same date in 1962. Dr. Roy was also honored with the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961.
In Iran National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on 23 August to mark the birthday of Avicenna’s who is the most significant physician, astronomer, thinkers, and writer of the Islamic Golden Age. He has been described as the father of early modern medicine.
In U.S. National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on March 30 to mark the first use of anesthesia in surgery and painlessly excised a tumor from his neck. The idea came from Eudora Brown Almond.
In Vietnam, it is celebrated on 28 February.
National Doctor’s Day Symbol
The Doctor’s Day is symbolized by red carnation because red color represents love, charity, sacrifice, bravery, and courage, all of which are synonymous with the medical profession.
The Significance of Doctor’s Day Celebrations
All doctors begin their professional to serve humanity and heal those who are in need of healing. Almost all the people at some point in their life need the advice of the doctor. They are like the second god to us norma;l people sometimes they give us a second life. Medical science is now making new discoveries which are making our life easy and they find a cure for diseases like Cancer and AIDS.