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By Cara Beth Smith

Every year on March 30th, doctors are honored for their dedication, passion, knowledge, and commitment to their field. Since 1933, National Doctor’s Day has been recognized. Although that only marks 90 years, doctors have been appreciated much longer than that!

According to the Southern Medical Association, “The first Doctors’ Day observance was held on March 30, 1933, by the Barrow County Alliance, in Winder, Georgia. The idea of setting aside a day to honor physicians was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, and the recognition occurred on the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long in Jefferson, Georgia, in 1842. The Alliance immediately adopted the following resolution:

‘WHEREAS the Alliance to the Barrow County Medical Society wishes to pay lasting tribute to the Doctors, therefore, be it RESOLVED by the Alliance to the Barrow County Medical that March 30, the day that famous Georgian Dr. Crawford W. Long first used ether anesthesia in surgery, be adopted as “Doctors’ Day,” the object to be the well-being and honor of the profession, its observance demanding some act of kindness, gift or tribute in remembrance of the Doctors.’”

Doctors play an important role in the lives of many people. Doctors are there to help you when you have a cold, when you need a check-up or have a medical concern, when you face sickness and disease, and even when new lives are brought into the world, to name just a few.

Hours upon hours of training and years of hard work and schooling go into becoming a doctor. These professionals work extremely hard to achieve their title, which is why people all over the world quite literally trust them with their lives! The medical industry is always improving and evolving as technology advances. Doctors truly help make the world a better place with their knowledge and assistance to patients.

A lot goes into being a doctor, for sure! We may just call them “Doctor,” but there are so many specialties and subspecialties that are much deeper … From allergists to cardiologists to oncologists and many, many more!

In honor of National Doctors’ Day, thank a doctor!

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