Dr. George L. Spaeth with a carnation given to him by Wills Eye staff on National Doctors' Day, March 30th, 2015.
According to a story cited in the Barrow County News by Dr. Pamela Settle Miles, "The
holiday was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, a physician's wife ... the date of March 30th
was chosen ... because it was the anniversary of the day that anesthesia was first administered
to a patient...." Although the very first Doctors' Day was celebrated in Atlanta in March of 1933,
"the holiday was officially signed into U.S. law in 1991 by President George Bush."
photo: roger barone/WILLS EYE HOSPITAL
CLICK HERE: VIEW VIDEO OF DOCTORS RECEIVING CARNATIONS & BALLOONS:
Read Proclamation 6253, Establishing National Doctors Day, 1991