Score! Virginia Apgar on Today’s Google Doodle

Today’s Google doodle: A kindly, white-haired woman noting something on a clipboard.

What’s that about? Today would be the 109th birthday of Virginia Apgar who created the Apgar score that provides a quick gauge of the health of newborns. In the 1930s and 40s, she noted that mortality rates in the US for infants in their first 24 hours of life weren't declining as they were for older infants, CNET reports.

In 1952, she rolled out the Apgar score, which lets the medical team know if the baby needs immediate attention. Trained at Columbia and Johns Hopkins, Apgar is a public health hero to moms and dads everywhere.

 

Thanks for the tip, Susan Sperry!

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