Doctors' Day: History, significance, and three gift ideas for life savers

Doctors' Day: History, significance, and three gift ideas for life savers
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Every year, March 30 is celebrated as Doctors' Day. On this day, doctors, surgeons and physicians are honored. This day was dedicated to honor all medical professionals who save lives around the world.

The first Doctors’ Day was observed on March 30, 1933, exactly 91 years after Dr Crawford Long’s remarkable discovery. Read on to know more about the day and its significance. 


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History of Doctors' Day

Dr. Elizabeth Maziarka reads a blood pressure gauge during an examination of patient June Mendez at the Codman Square Health Center April 11, 2006 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is scheduled to sign a health care reform bill April 12 that would make it the first state in the nation to require all its citizens have some form of health insurance.
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Dr. Charles B Almond's wife, Eudora Brown, came up with the idea for a day to honor doctors. Eudora, who lived in Winder, Georgia, set out to make this idea a reality because she thought her husband and other doctors deserved more recognition for their hard work. The date is important too as on March 30, 1842, Dr Long used anesthesia for the first time on a patient during surgery.

Almond sent greeting cards to all of the local doctors and their wives and laid flowers on the graves of the doctors, who had died, including Dr Long. The red carnation is likewise still prominently used to say "bless your heart" to the brave people in the profession.


Significance of Doctors' Day

A Junior Doctor holds his stethoscope during a patient visit on Ward C22 at The Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital in East Lancashire, during the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic, on May 14, 2020 in Blackburn, England.
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Doctors' Day was celebrated informally for a long time. A resolution to commemorate Doctors' Day was approved by the House of Representatives on March 30, 1958. On October 30, 1990, then President George W Bush signed the legislation after receiving approval from both the House and the Senate. 


Doctor’s Day holds extraordinary importance as it recognizes the role of doctors in saving lives and honors them. On the day a number of activities, including free medical check-ups, are held.

3 gift ideas for doctors

1. Write a good online review

Tell everyone about your wonderful experience with your doctor! Write positive reviews and offer testimonials on their website. You can also give your friends their business cards or tell them about them.


2. Send a small handwritten note

Any doctor will appreciate a sincere expression of gratitude and a thoughtful handwritten card will do just that. 

3. Send a basket of goodies 

A basket of tasty goodies, which can be homemade cookies, fruit or chocolates, would be an ideal gift for your doctor that does not cost much but is personal and would be appreciated.

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