National Physicians week March 25-31.
Did you know that since 2016 the U.S. celebrates National Physicians Week from March 25–31? Well, you should, and we do! Because who among us doesn’t owe a debt of gratitude to the dedicated men and women who serve us so tirelessly from embryo to embalming table? The medical profession has been around since the dawn of man. In fact, cave drawings depicting healers have been found in France dating back to 25,000 B.C.
Did you know that in 5,000 B.C. Egyptians were performing root canals not too different from those we perform today? In Greece in 500 B.C. Hippocrates penned the famous (and still-used) Hippocratic oath stating that doctors must “do no harm.” In 1100 the first medical schools & hospitals opened throughout Europe, although the word ‘physician’ was not added to the dictionary until 1400. From leeching to laparoscopy, medicine and the physicians that treat us, have changed life as we know it.
For me personally, doctors have not only changed, but have saved my life on multiple occasions. From craniosynostosis and amblyopia, to tonsillectomy, rhinoplasty, cholecystectomy, infertility treatments, a salpingectomy, and a NICU miracle that ensured my daughter life, to most recently cancer surgeries & treatment (including a radical hysterectomy), physicians have been my guardian angels here on earth. I stand in awe of their empathy, dedication, intelligence, and the sheer tenacity with which they tackle the onslaught of issues they face on a daily basis.
So, CHEERS to the over 1 million active physicians in the U.S. and to the millions more around the world. We owe them our LIVES!