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The Virginia Apgar Papers

Title:
Letter from Virginia Apgar to Cindy Luginbill pdf (52,140 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Virginia Apgar to Cindy Luginbill
Number of Image Pages:
1 (52,140 Bytes)
Date:
1973-05-17 (May 17, 1973)
Creator:
Apgar, Virginia
Recipient:
Luginbill, Cindy
Source:
Original Repository: Mount Holyoke College. Archives and Special Collections. Virginia Apgar Papers [MS 0504]
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Peter A. Apgar.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Congenital Abnormalities
Infant
Contraceptives, Oral
Exhibit Category:
Second Career: The National Foundation-March of Dimes, 1959-1974
Relation:
Metadata Record Letter from Cindy Luginbill to Virginia Apgar (March 22, 1973) pdf (66,253 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Box Number: 24
Folder Number: 10
Unique Identifier:
CPBBHC
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Radio/Television Appearances 1963-1974
Folder: Phil Donahue Show 1973
Transcript:
May 17, 1973
My dear Mrs. Luginbill:
In reply to your letter of March 22nd, you are right that all doctors concerned with pregnancy and the future development of the child want to know the answers you seek.
To the best of my present knowledge, the taking of the "Pill" will have no deleterious effects at all on a future pregnancy outcome, if a period of three months is observed between cessation of the medication and conception of the next baby.
Some eight million women in the United States are taking "the pill" and there has been no evidence of an increase in birth defects over the last ten years, but in the absence of reporting forms or surveillance of birth defects in this country, such a conclusion can be questioned.
In my own estimation, the real question of a relation of the "pill" to birth defects arises from some suggestive, but not proven studies, that if the "pill" is discontinued, accidentally, and then resumed, and a conception has occurred in this interval, is this fetus more apt to develop abnormally? Time alone, will provide the answer, plus research funds, some of which will come from the National Foundation--March of Dimes.
Thank you for writing me.
Sincerely,
Virginia Apgar, M.D., M.P.H.
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2008-06-12
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