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P&S Journal: Fall 1994, Vol.14, No.3
Apgar Remembrances
John E. Sullivan'42

Arlington, New Jersey

While learning anesthesia, Dr. Apgar was an inspiration and guide. She would see that the anesthesia was induced and then depart, not to be seen again until the surgery was completed. However, I knew that a sudden hand motion to attract the attention of the instrument nurse would bring immediate aid.
On one occasion while walking by the operating suite with her, she suddenly stopped and looked into the operating room. "Well," she said, "the medical student looks O.K., so the patient must be." I finally learned her method of supervision.
Another of her remembered quotes: "Only nice people get cancer; stinkers never do."


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