Every year on March 30, we have Doctors’ Day to celebrate and recognize the hard work of our lifesavers — doctors, physicians and surgeons.
This holiday was first celebrated in 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a doctor in Georgia, believed her husband and other physicians deserved more recognition and appreciation.
Therefore, Almond mailed greeting cards to all the local physicians and their wives to make this idea real. She also visited those deceased doctors and put flowers on their graves to show her thanks.
A lot of people supported Almond’s idea, and they also assisted her to organize a celebratory luncheon for the doctors and physicians, so that their efforts could be publicly appreciated.
Doctors’ Day has been unofficially celebrated for years until March 30, 1958, when both the House and the Senate approved a resolution in honor of doctors. On October 30, 1990, President George W. Bush signed this legislative proposal.
From then on, Doctors’ Day officially developed into a national holiday within the United States.
Moreover, in many other countries around the world, people also commemorate their doctors but on a different day. For instance, Spain, Cuba and Argentina use December 3 to honor Dr. Carlos Juan Finlay’s birthday, the first person who identified mosquitos as the original infection of yellow fever.
Almond’s observance of sending greeting cards to physicians, both alive and dead, has turned into a tradition ever since for people to show their thankfulness for doctors who have been contributing to their field of expertise.
Based on some data, a doctor typically needs to work nearly 60 hours a week or even more, which means they work 1.5 times more years than the average American.
Today is the moment to acknowledge their hard work and dedication. Send your doctor a thank you email, leave them a warm note or donate to the local medical center.
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