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Straight, No Chaser: National Doctor's Day!

By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 19, 2019


National Doctors’ Day is held every March 30th in the U.S. It celebrates the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for citizens. The first Doctor’s Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Georgia, where Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors.
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 30th as “National Doctors’ Day.”


So whether or not you like or use your doctor as much as you should, and especially because your physicians typically aren’t into ego gratification about their careers, might I suggest the best way of honoring your physician on National Doctors’ Day is to follow that last piece of medical advice you received. Because (and this is speaking personally) the best gift you probably could give me is showing that my efforts actually are making a positive impact on your life. Here’s to your health!
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