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Letter from Virginia Apgar to Herbert E. Poch

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms0504-12-7-8-1


  • 1966-02-25

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Virginia Apgar Papers (LD 7082.18 Apgar)

Existence and Location of Originals

Series 7: Apgar Score Material; Box 12; Folder 8

Physical Description



21.5 cm x 28 cm

General Note


General Note

The Apgar scoring system was adopted rapidly in the U.S. after 1960, but there were disputes over who should do the actual scoring. Poch, a pediatrician who had trained with Apgar, thought it should be someone other than the attending obstetrician. In her response to his letter, she agreed; the person who delivered the baby, whether physician or midwife, was much less objective and tended to give a higher score.

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Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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