National Doctors' Day
The first Doctors Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honour physicians. This first observance included the mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day.
On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30, 1991 as "National Doctors Day."
Doctors Day marks the date that Crawford W. Long, M.D., of Jefferson, GA, administered the first ether anesthetic for surgery on March 30, 1842. On that day, Dr. Long administered ether anesthesia to a patient and then operated to remove a tumor from the man’s neck. Later, the patient would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware the surgery was over until he awoke.
In Cuba, Doctors Day (December 3) commemorates the Birthday of Carlos Juan Finlay. Carlos J. Finlay (December 3, 1833 – August 20, 1915) was a Cuban physician and scientist recognized as a pioneer in yellow fever research. He was the first to theorize, in 1881, that a mosquito was a carrier, now known as a disease vector, of the organism causing yellow fever: a mosquito that bites a victim of the disease could subsequently bite and thereby infect a healthy person. A year later Finlay identified a mosquito of the genus Aedes as the organism transmitting yellow fever. His theory was followed by the recommendation to control the mosquito population as a way to control the spread of the disease.
In Iran, Avicenna's birthday (Iranian Month:Shahrivar 1st=August 23) is commemorated as the national doctor's day.
The Doctor's Day is celebrated on July 1 all across India (1) to honour the legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was born on July 1, 1882 and died on the same date in 1962, aged 80 years. Dr Roy was honoured with the country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961.
Every year Doctor’s Day is celebrated in India on the 1st of July. This observance fulfills a need to show the doctors and physicians in our lives how important they are to us and how invaluable their treatments are that cure us. The celebrations are indicative of the respect that they command in the lives of their patients and thus obligate them to fulfill their responsibilities as well.
There are several ways that this day is observed, including the greeting of Doctors by their patients with greeting cards, flower arrangements. Special meeting are often convened to commemorate the day and honor doctors for their performances. Commemorative dinners can also be arranged by hospitals or other organizations to felicitate the medical fraternity.
There may be several reasons that can be attributed to the significance of a Doctor’s day being celebrated in India.
The large population of India depends on the efficiency and responsibility of doctors to a large extent at all times Doctors in India over the years have shown remarkable improvements and made definite progress in medical treatments that need to be acknowledged· It may also be seen as an encouragement and an eye opener to all such doctors who have been struck by a failing career owing to a lack of commitment There have been instances of public violence and protests against doctors when they have failed to perform. Doctor’s Day could be seen as an approach by the same people as a mark of respect for all those doctors who have relentlessly made efforts to sustain the life of their patients against all odds
Recognizing National Doctor's Day
National Doctor's Day is commonly celebrated in healthcare organizations as a day to recognize the contributions of doctors to individual lives and communities. These events are typically organized by staff at a healthcare organization. Staff may organize a lunch for doctor's present the doctor with a gift, or coordinate a team lunch.
The most common recognition on National Doctor’s Day is a handwritten note or greeting card signed by the doctor’s staff. Community members also get involved in the celebration by writing a letter to the local newspaper in honor of a doctor or sending a greeting card directly to a doctor.
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