Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Doctor’s Day

 Updated 3/2017-- all links (except to my own posts) removed as many are no longer active and it's easier than checking each one.

History of Doctor's Day
The first Doctor's Day observance was held on March 30, 1933, by the Barrow County Alliance, in Winder, Georgia. Eudora B Almond, the wife of Dr Charles B Almond, conceived the idea of setting aside a day to honor physicians. The day set for the recognition occurred on the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long in Barrow County, Georgia, in 1842. 

This first observance included the mailing cards to the physicians and their wives, placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors, and a formal dinner in the home of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Randolph.
The full history of how it went from a locally observed day (1933) to a national observed day (1990) can be found here.

Through the years the red carnation has been used as the symbol of Doctors' Day.
Meanings of the Carnation Flower : Fascination, devoted Love
Deep Red Carnation : My heart aches for you or I admire you
Happy Doctor's Day to all of you!

1 comment:

denverdoc said...

And same back at you. Got chocolates from the staff today; wish every day was give chocolates to the docday.