By Nyla Pete, Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs InternMarch 28, 2019
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- March 30 marks Doctor's Day, a day set aside each year to show appreciation for doctors' positive influence on individuals and their communities.
The holiday dates back to March 30, 1933, when Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians, according to the National Doctors Day website. The date marked the anniversary of the first use of anesthetic in surgery. On March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford Long used ether to remove a tumor from a patient's neck.
President George W. Bush designated March 30 as a national holiday in 1991. In his proclamation of National Doctor's Day, President Bush wrote, "There are countless others who carry on the quiet work of healing each day in communities throughout the United States -- indeed, throughout the world. Common to the experience of each of them, from the specialist in research to the general practitioner, are hard work, stress, and sacrifice."
The reasoning that resulted in the national holiday still rings true today.
Physicians undergo nine-plus years of academically challenging education and training to become a doctor and serve others. In honor of Doctor's Day, BAMC encourages everyone to take time to show their appreciation for these hard-working individuals.
A BAMC patient recently had high praise for the Rheumatology Service and the care they provided to his wife. "The Rheumatology Clinic front desk staff were incredibly professional and kind upon check-in and check-out," he wrote in an email. "Dr. [Jay] Higgs was, of course, superb -- he performed a thorough evaluation, reviewed all the data in detail, and then discussed his impression at length, taking time to answer all of my wife's (and my own) questions patiently and clearly. He was thorough, compassionate and reassuring."
Fellow BAMC patient Chaya Taylor gave a shout out to several of her doctors. "I appreciate the ophthalmology clinic doctors here at BAMC because they are helping me with my glaucoma issues," she said. "I was scared when I first found out I had it but they are giving me confidence … that everything will be alright. So I make sure I come to my appointments, and they always make me feel comfortable. Thanks BAMC!"
Doctor's Day places these dedicated medical professionals at the forefront. Whether it's this month or any day of the year, take a moment to thank doctors for what they do.