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P&S Journal: Fall 1994, Vol.14, No.3
Virginia Apgar: A Legend Becomes a Postage Stamp
Virginia Apgar, The Legend

Her contributions to anesthesiology, neonatology, and birth defects (she left P&S in 1959 to earn a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins and to join the March of Dimes) are only part of the Apgar legend. The "Ginny stories" Dr. Brand mentioned in the P&S Quarterly obituary could fill several pages, and they have filled several pages of publications, books, eulogy notes, speeches, and other materials. Whether they reflect the sense of humor she showed as a teacher or as a guest on the Johnny Carson show or whether they recount the numerous times she saved lives by carrying a small surgical knife and tubing for emergencies, the stories collectively portray the kind of person Virginia Apgar was. Here are a few examples:

[The writer is indebted to historical research on Dr. Apgar conducted by Dr. Selma Harrison Calmes, now chief of anesthesiology at the Olive View/UCLA Medical Center. Her research was published in the November/December 1984 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association ("Virginia Apgar: A Woman Physician's Career in a Developing Specialty") and in "Anesthesia: Essays on Its History" ("Development of the Apgar Score"), published in 1985 by Springier-Verlag, Berlin.]


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