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Today's Musings, History & Folklore
"The patient says, 'Doctor, it hurts when I do this.' So the doctor says, 'Then don't do that!'"
~ Henny Youngman
They say that "laughter is the best medicine" and that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" ... but in between all that laughing and fresh fruit, give the doctor in your life a handshake, hug, or shoutout today for Doctor's Day. Thanks, Doc!
The Doctor's Dilemma
Celebrated on many different days throughout the world, Doctor's Day is a day to recognize the service of physicians to individuals, the greater community, and for their contribution to advancement in the fields of health and medicine.
In the United States, Doctors' Day is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. On March 30, 1842, in Jefferson, Georgia, Dr. Crawford Long used ether to anesthetize a patient, James Venable, and painlessly excised a tumor from his neck.
Hippocrates (460–377 BC) is commonly called the "Father of Medicine" or the "Father of Western Medicine." He is thought to be one of the first physicians to treat disease as being a result of natural rather than supernatural causes. He also founded the Hippocratic School, a medical school that focused on the healing power of nature as well as the importance of physical observation and the act of prognosis.
For clever doctor humour from physicians who do their best to support the old adage, "Laughter is the best medicine," click the helpful pain chart below for the next time you need to communicate with your doctor.