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Written by Shruti Shree

 ‘That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake’.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Human life is full of ups and downs, cheer and sorrow, strength and weakness, health and illness. But there are some noble people who work all their lives to aid the sufferings of others. Among them, the profession of a doctor is perhaps the most respected service of the society.

Doctors dedicate their whole life to serve the patients. They cure them of disease and illness and make the life of others better and healthier. So to thank them for their humane services to mankind, a special day is observed every year on July 1 as `Doctor’s Day’ which is very special for every medical practitioner.

6 facts to know about National Doctors’ Day:

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1) In India, first Doctor’s Day was celebrated in 1991 to pay tribute to the legendary physician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, born on the soil of Bihar, on July 1, 1882, and died on the same date in 1962. He was awarded the highest civilian award of the country, Bharat Ratna and was 2nd Chief Minister of West Bengal.

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2) In Cuba, it is celebrated on December 3 in the memory of Carlos Juan Finlay. This Cuban physician was the first one to research about Yellow Fever and found out that a mosquito was the carrier of the organism causing yellow fever.

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3) In Iran, it is celebrated on the birthday of Avicenna on August 23. He was Persian thinker and writer. Some of his famous work are “The Book of Healing”, “a philosophical and scientific encyclopedia”, and The Canon of Medicine, a medical encyclopedia which became a standard medical text and remained in use as late as 1650.

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4) In The United States, President George Bush created a law dedicating March 30 to be celebrated as Doctors’ Day and a national holiday.

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5) In Vietnam, the day was founded on February 28 but is celebrated on February 27 or nearby dates.

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6) World Family Doctor Day is celebrated on May 19. It was first declared by the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) in 2010. WONCA’s short name is World Organization of Family Doctors. This day is celebrated to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in healthcare systems worldwide.



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