National Doctors Day is the day to appreciate physicians and their contributions to society. It falls on March 30th because it was on this day in 1842 that anesthesia was used for the first time.
A red carnation is the symbol of Doctors Day and it is customary either to give a red carnation to a doctor or to place one on the doctor’s grave if it’s too late to give it to him or her directly.
While the U.S. government named the day in 1990, it has been observed since 1933, when Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife decided he needed a day to be appreciated.
Learn more about doctors from the infographic below, and send a carnation (or maybe an e-card) to your favorite physician.