Show Notes: Dr. Virginia Apgar

Tracy Wilson

American doctor Virginia Apgar (1909 - 1974), newly-appointed head of the Division of Congenital Malformations of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (March Of Dimes), June 1959. Specialising in paediatrics, Apgar developed the first system of tests, known as the Apgar score, to assess the health of newborn babies. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

"Apgar score" sounds like an acronym - and in the 1960s, a medical resident did rework the components of the score to align with its creator's name - but it was really the work of Dr. Virginia Apgar. Originally aspiring to be a surgeon, Dr. Apgar changed specialties to anesthesiology before it was even recognized as a specialist field, and she went on to do groundbreaking work in anesthesiology, obstetrics and teratology.

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