How Today’s Google Doodle, Dr. Virginia Apgar, Made A Big Difference

Today is the birthday of Dr. Virginia Apgar, who has helped make many, many, many birthdays possible.  The pioneering doctor lived from June 7, 1909, to August 7, 1974, and is the subject of today’s Google Doodle. You can’t really go through medical school without knowing Apgar’s name, at least her last name. Here’s why. Continue reading How Today’s Google Doodle, Dr. Virginia Apgar, Made A Big Difference

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Famed for “Immortal” Cells, Henrietta Lacks is Immortalized in Portraiture

In life, Virginia-born Henrietta Lacks did not aspire to international renown—she didn’t have the luxury. The great-great-granddaughter of a slave, Lacks was left motherless at a young age and deposited at her grandpa’s log cabin by a father who felt unfit to raise her. Never a woman of great means, Lacks wound up marrying a cousin she had grown up with and tending to their children—one of whom was developmentally impaired—while he served the 1940s war effort as a Bethlehem steelworker. Continue reading Famed for “Immortal” Cells, Henrietta Lacks is Immortalized in Portraiture

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