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Virginia Wouldn't Slow Down!

The Unstoppable Dr. Apgar and Her Life-Saving Invention

The Apgar Score is known the world over: a test given to babies to determine their health moments after they are born. Less well-known is the story of the brilliant, pioneering woman who invented it, even though she named it after herself! Virginia Apgar showed a gift for science and math early, even while she was racing around doing a million different things: one of her teachers once asked, "frankly, how does she do it?" She received a medical degree in 1933 and decided to specialize in a brand new field: anesthesiology. And while she was working with labor and delivery, she realized that there was no standardized way to assess the health of a newborn baby.

So she invented one! The Apgar Score has since been used on millions of babies, quickly identifying babies who need additional support and saving lives around the world. This delightful and distinctive picture book about Dr. Apgar is a celebration of a determined woman who changed the world.

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Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Carrie A. Pearson
Illustrator Nancy Carpenter
ISBN 1324003936
Publication Date Aug 7, 2023
Publisher Norton Young Readers
Language English