National Doctors’ Day

Victorian English Bronze Mortar & Pestle (LEO Design)

On this day in 1842, Georgia physician Crawford Williamson Long, M.D., became the first doctor to use ether for surgical anesthetization.  In 1990, Congress declared 30 March “National Doctors’ Day,” a day on which doctors are honored and their contributions to society are recognized.  Around the world, different countries honor their doctors on different days of the year.  And while the highly-flammable ether is no longer used for anesthesia, the contribution of Dr. Long is still appreciated.

Like Dr. Long, the English bronze mortar & pestle, pictured above, is from the Nineteenth Century.  Please click on the photo to learn more about it.


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