"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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Episode link: Dr. Virginia Apgar
- National Library of Medicine. "Dr. Virginia Apgar." Changing the Face of Medicine. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/physicians/biography_12.html
- National Library of Medicine. "The Virginia Apgar Papers." Profiles in Science. http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/ps/retrieve/Narrative/CP/p-nid/178
- PBS. "Who Made America? Virginia Apgar" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/apgar_hi.html
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