This day is largely unknown and unobserved outside the healthcare community. Most hospitals, large clinics and medical societies recognize their physicians today and the staffs of small or solo doctor practices will do something special for their boss.
“The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Ga. The idea came from Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, and the date was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetic in surgery. (On March 30, 1842, in Jefferson, Ga., Dr. Crawford Long used ether to remove a tumor from a patient’s neck.)
The Barrow County (Georgia) Medical Society Auxiliary proclaimed the day “Doctors’ Day,” which was celebrated by mailing cards to physicians and their wives and by placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors, including Dr. Long’s.
The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day on March 30, 1958. In 1990, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved legislation establishing a National Doctors’ Day and then-President George H.W. Bush signed the resolution. The first National Doctors’ Day was celebrated on March 30, 1991.”
Today I want to recognize 3 physicians.
Dr. Thomas Wilson, who attended my birth. He was an old fashioned general practitioner whose wife was his nurse and office manager and whose office was right next door to his home.
Dr. Hershel Rubin, a pediatrician, who was my doctor from infancy until I went to college. Fortunately, I was generally healthy and didn’t see him very often. But when I did, he always greeted me warmly, as if I was his favorite patient; when I was accepted into medical school he sent me a letter of congratulations and encouragement.
Dr. Bill Krissoff, who exemplifies commitment to his profession, his family and his country. I think you will agree after watching this video.
Dr. Krissoff, I thank you for your service.