National Doctors' Day

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In the United States, National Doctors' Day is a day on which the service of physicians to the nation is recognized annually. Similar days have been declared in many other countries.


History[edit]

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, 1989 as the day to celebrate this holiday.[1]

Cuba[edit]

In Cuba, in Cuba this holiday (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.

Iran[edit]

In Iran, Avicenna's birthday (Iranian Month:Shahrivar 1st=August 23) is commemorated as the national day for physicians

India[edit]

Also celebrated on July 1 all across India 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 this holiday 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 physicians 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 this honor being celebrated in India.

The large population of India depends on the efficiency and responsibility of physicians to a large extent at all times Medical professionals 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. This holiday 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.

Vietnam[edit]

Vietnam founded Doctor's Day on February 27, 1955. The day is celebrated on February 27 or sometimes dates closest to this date.[2]

Recognizing This Holiday[edit]

Commonly celebrated in healthcare organizations a to recognize the contributions of physicians 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 physician with a token of recognition.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ DoctorsDay.org retrieved 1 July 2014
  2. ^ http://news.duytan.edu.vn/NewsDetail.aspx?id=2041&pid=2039&lang=en-US DTU Celebrates the 57th Anniversary of Vietnam Doctors’ Day

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