Google Doodle Celebrates 109th Birthday of Legendary Doctor Virginia Apgar

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Google doodle of Dr. Virginia Apgar

Today’s (June 7) Google Doodle celebrates the 109th birthday of Dr. Virginia Apgar, and if her last name seems familiar, it's because her invention is used in delivery rooms around the world.

She's credited with creating the Apgar score, the first standardized method for assessing the health of a newborn. The five factors -- appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration -- have been used countless times to help determine if a baby is healthy and happy.

In addition to spearheading this method, Dr. Apgar also was the first woman to become a full professor at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and directed the department of anesthesiology. Today, we celebrate her birthday and recognize her groundbreaking achievements in the medical field.