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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences

Respository

Mount Holyoke College
Archives and Special Collections
Library, Information and Technology


Address

8 Dwight Hall, 50 College Street
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075-6425


Telephone

(413) 538-3079


Fax number

(413) 538-3029


Website URL

http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch


Contact Person

Jennifer Gunter King, Head of Archives and Special Collections
jgking@mtholyoke.edu
(413) 538-2441
Patricia Albright, Archives Librarian
palbrigh@mtholyoke.edu
(413) 538-2013


E-mail

archives@mtholyoke.edu


Access and Services

Photocopies of the transcript will be provided under Fair Use guidelines and after a researcher completes the necessary user forms.


Abstract

Partial transcript of an oral history interview of physician and anesthesiologist Virginia Apgar, Mount Holyoke College Class of 1929. Interview conducted by a member of the Class of 1966, Jourdan Houston, at Mount Holyoke in late May-early June, 1974. Forms part of MS 0816, the Virginia Apgar Collection (Series 1, Box 1, Folder 1).


Quantity

1 item (8 pages), with related correspondence and newspaper article.


Collection Description

Interview of physician and anethesiologist Virginia Apgar. Discusses her medical school education at the Columbia-Presbyterian College of Physicians and Surgeons (1929-1933); her summer work in hospitals during those years; her internship in surgery at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (1933-1935); her decision to become anesthesiologist and her subsequent studies at the University of Wisconsin, her work in Columbia-Presbyterian's Division of Anesthesiology from 1937-1959; and the "Apgar Score" that she devised to test the health of newborn babies. Also mentions her studies for a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University (completed in 1959), and her work for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation (1959-1974).


Material Type

Restrictions

Unrestricted when researchers complete Archives and Special Collections user forms.


Transcripts

Partial transcript, not available on the web.