There weren't many women who tried to become doctors when Virginia Apgar went to medical school — but she didn't let that stop her. After a professor discouraged from becoming a surgeon, she became an anesthesiologist instead. While working with pregnant women and newborn babies, she created the famous Apgar test that lets doctors and nurses quickly assess the health of a newborn. It's a test that's still used in hospitals across the world today — and it's saved millions of lives!
Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestselling series She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book biography that teaches young readers about this remarkable pioneer for women in medicine. Bestselling author and physician Sayantani DasGupta captures the importance of Apgar's work with age-appropriate explanations and a spirit of admiration that's sure to inspire. With black and white interior illustrations throughout by Gillian Flint, this early reader is a fascinating introduction to Apgar's life and the story of how she rose up against the odds.