Have you heard of the Apgar score given to newborn babies? For Kerra’s 1 cool thing she talks about the fascinating woman who invented the score, Virginia Apgar. The gal pals also talk about their most frightening medical issues and how they survived them.
Show Notes & Links
- Previous in Medical Month Bonnie talked about Menstrual Cups and Katie talked about Lillian Wald.
- Get-to-know-you question: What is the most frightening medical issue you have had or been around?
- Katie’s spine story!
- Leah saves a life!
- Appendicitis and didn’t know it!
- Where are the hospitals? Getting sick on the road
- Kerra’s 1 Cool Thing is Virginia Apgar
- The Apgar Score
- When the test is given
- What the numbers mean
- About Virginia Apgar
- About her family and growing up
- Studied zoology, physiology, and chemistry
- A Columbia University graduate
- Discouraged from being a surgeon
- Incouraged to be an anesthesiologist (which was new at the time)
- Virginia went to the first anesthesiology program in Madison, WI.
- The first woman to head a specialty division at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (currently The NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital)
- CORRECTION: Not the same as Elizabeth Blackwell’s hospital that one is currently the NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital
- 1949 Anesthesiology became its own department
- Virginia was not made in charge
- She became a teacher at Columbia
- She noticed the first 24 hours were crucial the survival of infants and designed a test
- By the 1960s many hospitals started using the Apgar score
- In 1959 Virginia went to work for the March of Dimes
- She wrote and lectured extensively
- 1964 Rubella pandemic
- Promoted the effective use of RH testing
- Talked to teenagers about pregnancy in a time when very few did
- Her thoughts on gender and gender equality
- Never married or had kids
- A musical person who made her own instruments!
- Learned to fly at age 50
- Google Doodle
- Dedicating a life to helping others
- Next week is Leah’s 1 Cool Medical Thing
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