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The Evolution of the Papanicolaou Smear

TAMBOURET, ROSEMARY H. MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: March 2013 - Volume 56 - Issue 1 - p 3–9
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e318282b982
Screening Tests for Cervical Cancer

The Papanicolaou smear or cervicovaginal cytology has been the mainstay of screening for cervical cancer in women of over 60 years. In this article, the origins of the Pap smear as a screening method and the many changes associated with the use of the Pap smear are detailed.

Cytopathology Fellowship Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

The author declares that there is nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Rosemary H. Tambouret, MD, Cytopathology Fellowship Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. E-mail: rtambouret@partners.org

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.