Celebrate Doctors Day 2010 by staying out of the hospital

U.S. Army black-and-white archival photo of a WWII-era doctor taking the pulse of a young Japanese child suffering from encephalitis.

A Tokyo Military Government doctor monitors the pulse of an encephalitis patient. (Photo: U.S. Army)

Next to lawyers, there are few professions targeted as often for jokes as doctors – even on Doctors Day. The 2010 rendition of the 77-year-old honorary holiday is yet another reminder that despite the jokes – like this one:

“My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn’t pay the bill he gave me six months more.” Walter Matthau –

doctors are a vital part of society and worthy of our respect. Across the United States, March 30 has officially been Doctors’ Day since 1990, when Congress designated the holiday. However, Doctors’ Day 2010 harkens all the way back to March 30, 1933. That’s when Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles Almond, began honoring physicians in Winder, Georgia, says The Huffington Post.

Thank your doctor on Doctors Day 2010

Doctors Day 2010 is a great day to thank a doctor who saved or improved the life of yourself or a loved one. It’s a day to recognize that despite the razzing jokes and the need for payday loans to pay their bills, there are more telling insights on the noble profession. Here’s one of them:

“As long as men are liable to die and are desirous to live, a physician will be made fun of, but he will be well paid.” Jean de la Bruyere, 17th century French moralist

Doctors are vital to the human race. As the Web site DoctorsDay.org puts it, Doctors Day 2010 is “a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its citizens.” Doctors handle our well-being every day and shoulder the weight of that responsibility. Without them, the average lifespan of human beings would be significantly shorter. Not needing quick payday loans to pay doctor bills is not a good tradeoff.

How to honor your doctor on Doctors Day 2010

At this point, cards sent in the mail won’t get there on time, as Doctors Day 2010 is today, but even if it’s a little late, the thought counts. Flowers like the red carnation – which is associated with the National Doctors Day Holiday – are certainly appropriated. The Huffington Post suggests more creative gits, like a squeezable stress ball or Rx chocolate bar. Check out that chocolate here. E-mail is  immediate, so signing up for a service like Jib Jab or one of a variety of free E-card services is a great idea. If you are a doctor yourself, there’s a Doctors Day 2010 poster you might like, plus more fun Doctors Day stuff.

Say ‘Thank you’ to your doctor today – it’s Doctors Day 2010!

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