“I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.” ― Hippocratic Oath, modern version 

Last Monday was National Doctors’ Day, a day that recognizes the contributions of physicians to individual lives and communities. It couldn’t be a more fitting moment to recognize and thank the health care providers who are at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, risking their lives and wellbeing to provide care to us. To honor them, we share stories—both present and past—of doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers. We encourage you to find a way to thank a nearby medical professional. 

History of National Doctors’ Day 

Heroic Firsthand Stories from the Coronavirus Frontlines 

The Medical Practitioner Who Paved the Way for Women Doctors in America 

Nine Famous Female Doctors that Changed the World 

Doctors for America 

The Craft of Midwifery 

Doctors Without Borders 

20 Ways to Support Healthcare Workers 

On the Journal: Female doctors, chemists, biologists, and researchers 

In Alabama: Vintage Photos Show 100 Years of Alabama Heath Care Workers 

@ Alabama Chanin 

We continue to produce Reusable Non-medical Grade Face Masks for healthcare providers, public servants, patients, families, and individuals during COVID-19. Please note that due to an overwhelming response, these masks may now require three to four weeks for production. If you require immediate protection, please consult these links for patterns and instructions to create your own mask.  

Lead image credit: Library of Congress

A woman identified as Nurse Shamburg weighs baby in a clinic in Gee’s Bend in the 1930s

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