Published On:30 June 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Doctors' Day : A Time To Remember Their Service

By Dr. Vivek Sharma

The first Doctors' Day observance was held on March 30, 1993 in Winder, Georgia, The idea came from Eduora Brown Almond wife of Dr. Cha Almond, and the date was the anniversary of the first use of general anaesthetic in surgery. On March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawlord Long of Barrow County, Georgia, used ether to remove a tumour from a patient's neck.

The Barrow County Medical Society Auxiliary proclaimed the day as 'Doctors' Day', which was celebrated by mailing cards to physicians and their wives, and placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors.

The US House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors' Day on March 30, 1958. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate to establish a national Doctors' Day. Then President George Bush designated March 30 as National Doctors' Day.

In India, National Doctors' Day is celebrates on the birth anniversary of Dr. B.C. Roy who was born on July 1. He was a highly respected physician and renowned for his diagnosis. He was devoted for his patients and contributed significantly for making modern medical facility available to common people.

Dr. Roy's contribution to medical profession and Indian Medical Association are immense. He played a key role in establishing Indian Institute of Mental Health; Infective Disease Hospital and first ever post graduate medical college in Calcutta. He was instrumental in starting Indian Medical Association in the year 1928 and making it the largest professional organisation in the country. Medical Council of India, the governing body of Allopathic Medicine, was his brain child, and he was its first president in 1939, the position he held till 1945.

Besides, being a doyen of medical profession, he was also a great humanitarian, Vice Chancellor of Calcutta, University and Chief Minister of Bengal.

The illustrious life and achievements of Dr. B.C. Roy for the course of medical profession, the society and the country, he was bestowed with India's top civilian honour Bharat Ratna in 1961. Recognizing his services the Govt. of India declared July 1st as Doctors' Day in India.
Doctors' Day is celebrated recognising the tireless effort of physician around the nation. Doctors' Day provide a time for people to show appreciation to the doctors' who care for them or their loved ones.

Dr. Vivek Sharma
Both patients and those who work for or with physicians may recognise, than or show appreciation by giving cards, notes, commemorative tokens of remembrance etc.
Patients who have long term relationships with their doctors, for example a woman during pregnancy, someone with a long term or terminal illness, families who rely on their family doctor', or anyone who wants to thank a physician for the care he or she has provided take the opportunity to single out a doctor, psychologist, dentist, nurse practitioner, or other health care professional.

Those who work in doctors offices, hospitals, or other medical facilities take advantage of a designated time to be able to express thanks and appreciation for monitoring, being easy to work with, being dedicated, or just to recognise an ongoing working relationship.

[Dr. Vivek Sharma is consultant Paediatrician based in Jaipur. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Health Editor. He can be contacted at drvivek_sharma@rediffmail.com]

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