National Family Health History Day is celebrated in the United States every year on the fourth Thursday of November. This is a holiday worthy of attention, because what could be more important than family? Today is the best day of the year to take care of loved ones and solve problems that have arisen. Join us!
The purpose of the holiday is simple – to show love to your relatives, to gather in a close family circle and discuss diseases. Today on the agenda is one of the terrible diseases – oncology. It is important and necessary to talk about it, as many diseases are inherited and can strike at the very heart. This information will help prevent disease! Additionally, older family members often have interesting stories to tell.
It is noteworthy that:
- Before the invention of anesthesia, every surgical intervention was excruciating. American dentist William Morton pioneered the use of diethyl alcohol for pain relief. In 1846, his triumph took place – he removed the jaw tumor from a patient who was sleeping soundly. The event was witnessed by a large crowd of people.
- Until the 19th century, surgeons did not consider it necessary to wash their hands before surgery or disinfect instruments. As a result, many patients died from blood poisoning.
- Today, more than 450 million people in the world are diagnosed with diabetes. With some stages, a full life is possible only with insulin. Previously, there was no medicine, so patients experienced serious complications, such as blindness, problems with the liver, stomach, and kidneys.
How to take part
Make a delicious dinner and invite the family to the table. Call everyone who doesn’t live with you. On National Family Health History Day, there is a wonderful feeling that all relatives are close. If you are in different cities or countries, call via video – there are excellent options available that allow you to see a person!
When is National Family Health History Day celebrated in 2023?
National Family Health History Day is observed on the fourth Thursday in November each year.