Have you Googled today?
Today, June 7, Google Doodle celebrates Dr. Virginia Apgar (1909-1974) on what would be her 109th birthday, & we’re thrilled!
Dr. Apgar was a pioneering physician in the field of maternal health.
She developed a test that babies all over the globe are given at birth to quickly determine their health & viability.
After she developed this test, it became known as the APGAR score—A for Appearance, P for Pulse, G for Grimace, A for Activity and R for Respiration—with many not knowing that Apgar was not just an acronym but a real person.
As part of NLM’s Profiles in Science project, the Library collaborated with the Mount Holyoke College Archives & Special Collections to digitize & make available many of her papers. Dr. Apgar was also featured in the NLM exhibition Changing the Face of Medicine, which explored how women have influenced & enhanced the practice of medicine.