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The Victor A. McKusick Papers

Letter from Virginia Apgar to Victor A. McKusick pdf (40,126 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Virginia Apgar to Victor A. McKusick
Dr. Virginia Apgar (1909-1974) was the anesthesiologist who developed the Apgar Score for evaluating newborns in 1952. Her subsequent research in neonatology included studies of birth defects and in 1959 she became the director of the Division of Congenital Malformations at the March of Dimes. There she was responsible for reviewing grant applications, raising public and professional awareness of birth defects and the research in progress, and encouraging support for research in this area, often traveling thousands of miles every year. Attending professional conferences and courses such as the Short Course in Medical Genetics helped her keep up to date with progress in the field, even if--as she humorously suggests in this letter--her demanding schedule precluded a stellar performance on the exams.
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1966-03-04 (March 4, 1966)
Apgar, Virginia
McKusick, Victor A.
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Victor Almon McKusick Collection
Reproduced with permission of the National Foundation-March of Dimes.
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The Bar Harbor Course and "McKusick's Catalog," 1960-1980
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Letters (correspondence)
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March 4, 1966
Dear Victor:
1. The announcement of the Medical Genetics Course has just arrived.
2. You know I didn't pass the course in 1960 or 1963.
3. The dates August 1-12 are just fine.
4. May I please come back again as an observer?
5. I do not intend to ask for another observer spot for a friend, either sex.
Sincerely yours,
Virginia Apgar, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Division of Congenital Malformations
P.S. My very excellent secretary wonders if you need a typist in Bar Harbor, or an errand "boy."
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