Google honors Apgar score inventor Dr. Virginia Apgar with new Doodle

Google honors Apgar score inventor Dr. Virginia Apgar with new Doodle

Google honors Apgar score inventor Dr. Virginia Apgar with new Doodle

After noticing that infants were still dying between the 1930's and the 1940's 24 hours after they leave the hospital, Apgar developed a system that will evaluate the health of newborn infants.

Dr Virginia Apgar is famously known for the invention of Apgar score, which was a way to quickly assess the health of newborn children immediately after birth. In her later years, she worked for March of Dimes, a non-profit founded by President Franklin Roosevelt that initially targeted polio but went on to focus on the prevention of birth defects.

Virginia created the Apgar score which, amongst her very impressive body of work, is what she is best known for today.

As a tribute to her contributions in the field of medicine and health care, Google, therefore, has made an adorable interactive doodle.

She was no exception and she was instead encouraged to practice anesthesiology.

Virginia Apgar was born in 1909 in New Jersey, USA.

"Five points-heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, reflex response, and color-are observed and given 0, 1, or 2 points". Since an early age, she had keen interest in science, and accordingly pursued her studies in the domains of zoology with minors in physiology and chemistry. As an obstetric anesthesiologist, she was able to document trends that could distinguish healthy infants from infants in trouble.

After leaving Columbia in the late 1950s she devoted the rest of her life to prevent birth defects as a director at the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The scores then should be given to a newborn after one minute of birth, and additional scores could be given in five-minute increments to guide treatment if the newborn's condition did not sufficiently improve'.

She eventually became a leading figure in the fields of anaesthesiology and teratology.

Thursday's Google Doodle appeared for internet users in the United States, as well as Japan, India, Israel, Chile, Argentina, Australia and several European nations. Apgar has published over 60 medical articles, and co-wrote the bestseller "Is My Baby All Right?" with Joan Beck. The five criteria identified are Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, Respiration.

Dr. Apgar lived for 65 years, passing from cirrhosis on August 7, 1974, in Manhattan.

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