Virginia Apgar : Five Points

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Virginia Apgar, one of the first trained anesthesiologists.

⚕️Virginia Apgar, an American pioneer in the medical field, left an indelible mark on the world with her innovative contributions.

Born in 1909, Apgar’s early life was marked by creativity and a love for music, playing both the violin and cello. Her passion for science was ignited through experiments with her father, paving the way for her remarkable journey.

Tragedy struck early in Apgar’s life with the loss of her brother to tuberculosis and another brother suffering from chronic illnesses. Despite these hardships, she resolved to become a doctor, though opportunities as a surgeon were limited.

👶🏻 Undeterred, she became one of the first female anesthesiologists, where her focus soon shifted to the welfare of newborns and women in labor.

Apgar’s post-birth examination results became known as the Apgar Score.

This simple yet ingenious assessment, conducted one and five minutes after birth, evaluates the baby’s breathing, heart rate, muscle tone, reflexes, and general appearance.

This new standard revolutionized neonatal care by providing a quick and effective method to evaluate the health of newborns. The widespread adoption of the Apgar Score worldwide has saved countless lives, identifying babies in need of immediate assistance.

Her tireless advocacy also led to safer anesthesia practices for mothers and babies, further solidifying her legacy as a trailblazer in medical history.

⭐️ As the first Professor of Anesthesia and a pioneer in numerous medical fields, Virginia Apgar’s impact resonates to this day. Her dedication and innovations have undoubtedly done more to enhance the health of mothers, unborn babies, and newborns than perhaps any other individual in the 20th century.

📍Biography notes:

  • In 1961, she won the American Society of Anesthesiology Distinguished Service Award, and was honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for her pioneering work.
  • Though her work and advocacy helped thousands of mothers and infants, Virginia Apgar never married or had any children of her own.
  • Virginia began playing the violin as a child and continued to play through college, She would often join chamber quartets.
  • Even when facing progressive liver disease in the later years of her life, Virginia did not retire from her career.
  • Apgar died on 7 August 1974 at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.


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