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Virginia Apgar
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    (June 7, 1909-August 7, 1974)
    Born in Westfield, New Jersey
    Specialized in anesthesiology and pediatrics
    Developed the Apgar test for assessing the health of newborns (1952)
    Co-wrote 'Is My Baby Alright?' (1972)
    One of her jobs in college was catching cats for the physiology lab.
    Despite experiencing gender inequality during her career, she avoided joining the women's movement.
    She stole a maple shelf from a phone booth in the lobby of the Columbia Medical Center to use in making a viola.
    She commented, 'Women are liberated from the time they leave the womb.'
    She was a talented violinist and cellist who built her own instruments.
    She started taking flying lessons in her 50s.
    Surgeon General Julius Richmond said she had 'done more to improve the health of mothers, babies and unborn infants than anyone in the 20th century.'

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