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08 June 2018, 11:55 | Melissa Porter
Virginia Apgar would have been 101 on Thursday
This was because there was no commonly used method for measuring newborn health.
A high number of babies were dying within 24 hours of being born because there was no standard comparison for newborns. She was known for saying of her newborn patients, "Nobody, but nobody, is going to stop breathing on me!". The doctor was honored with a doodle on Google's homepage that showed an animated Apgar checking babies for the five signs she deemed most important right after birth.
The score, which is conducted five minutes after the infant's birth, measures the health of the infant from zero to ten and identifies five different criteria: pulse, grimace, appearance, activity, and respiration.
She was a noted doctor who spread awareness about childcare across the US.
She chose to enter the world of medicine after her elder brother died of tuberculosis.
We celebrate the best of Google's graphic art works. Google devotes its present doodle to Apgar and its crucial contribution, on the occasion of the 109th anniversary of its birth.
Just one year before her death she was awarded Woman of the Year in Science by Ladies Home Journal, the Ralph M. Waters Award by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Alumni Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement by Columbia University College.
She completed a residency in surgery at P&S in 1937. Dr Whipple felt advancements were needed in that area, and she seemed to have the "energy and ability".
Apgar's work on the health of babies also saw her become the first woman to be a professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1949.
After becoming a leading figure in the fields of anesthesiology and teratology as attending anesthesiologist at Presbyterian Hospital, she assisted in the delivery of close to 20,000 babies.
After leaving Columbia in the late 1950s she devoted the rest of her life to prevent birth defects as a director at the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. She went on to research birth defects and over the course of her career wrote scientific articles, essays, a book and more.
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