MAG applauds physicians on National Doctors' Day

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The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) thanks and applauds every physician in the state today, which is National Doctors' Day.

“Physicians in every specialty and practice setting provide the residents of this state with the essential medical care they need,” says MAG Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. “National Doctors’ Day is a great way to honor and recognize these gifted, compassionate, and dedicated individuals.”

The first Doctors’ Day took place in Winder, Georgia in 1933. Eudora Brown Almond, who was the wife of Charles B. Almond, M.D., is credited with founding Doctors’ Day as a way of honoring physicians.

The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day in 1958, while President George H.W. Bush signed a resolution in 1990 that designated March 30 as National Doctors' Day.

Finally, it is worth noting that March 30 was chosen as Doctors’ Day because it was the date that Crawford W. Long, M.D., from Jefferson, Georgia, administered the first ether anesthetic for surgery in 1842.