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This Day in Georgia History

March 30, 1990

National Doctors Day First Observed

“National Doctors Day” was celebrated for the first time. [Note: The observance is variously known as “Doctor’s Day,” “Doctors’ Day,” and “Doctors Day.” The organization that oversee the celebration refers to it as “National Doctors’ Day.” However, the federal legislation recognizing it refers to it as “National Doctors Day.”] Doctors’ Day was first celebrated in 1933 when the Barrow County Medical Auxiliary adopted a resolution: “to pay lasting tribute to her Doctors…be it resolved…that March 30, the day that famous Georgian Dr. Crawford W. Long first used ether anesthesia in surgery, be adopted as ‘Doctor’s Day’…its observance demanding some act of kindness, gift or tribute in remembrance of the Doctors.” In 1935, the Southern Medical Association Auxiliary adopted the annual observance, and the custom slowly spread to other areas of the country. In 1958, the U.S. House adopted a resolution officially recognizing Doctors’ Day. Finally, in 1990, President George Bush signed into law a joint resolution designating March 30 as “National Doctors Day.”