Thesis

Thesis



"Virginia Apgar about the Time She Began Assessing Newborns," Virginia Apgar Papers, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, 1949.

Dr. Virginia Apgar created a powerful and simple test in 1952 to measure newborn health. The Apgar score gives doctors quick and accurate measures of the baby’s well being just five minutes after birth. Over seven decades later, this score is still being used worldwide. It has been attributed to saving millions of lives, costs nothing, and has inspired other medical professionals to innovate in similar ways. Dr. Virgina Apgar was one of the first women in modern medicine to break into a male-dominated field. The Apgar test was a turning point in medicine and even in history.