Celebrate National Doctors' Day
- Category: March 27, 2017
Historians note that on March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford Long first used ether anesthesia to remove a tumor from the neck of a patient. In 1933, Eudora Almond, wife of Georgia physician Charles B. Almond, MD, chose that same date to honor physicians by sending greeting cards and placing flowers on the graves of deceased physicians. Her efforts were memorialized in 1991 when then-President George W. Bush proclaimed March 30 as National Doctors' Day. In his proclamation President Bush stated: "More than the application of science and technology, medicine is a special calling and those who have chosen this vocation in order to serve their fellow man understand the tremendous responsibility it entails."