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Commentary

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Criticism of the Pap Smear as a Diagnostic Tool in Cervical Cancer Screening

Schneider V.

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Pathology Laboratory, Freiburg, Germany

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Correspondence to: Dr. Volker Schneider

Pathology Laboratory

Burgunderstrasse 1

DE-79100 Freiburg (Germany)

E-Mail volk.schneider@t-online.de

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Acta Cytologica 2017;61:338-344

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Abstract

This editorial by Dr. Leopold G. Koss appeared in the January 1980 issue of Acta Cytologica. It addressed recent critical opinions in the general media on cervical screening and its costs. It marked the beginning of a more critical approach to cytology by the lay press, health care providers, and epidemiologists. It was also the first of a series of highly informative editorials by Dr. Koss that illustrated the critical issues of cytology during the 1980s. The elegance and clarity of his articles reflect the high standard of editorial writing in Acta Cytologica at this time. These articles are reviewed and excerpts are presented.

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References

  1. Koss LG: The attack on the annual “Pap smear”. Acta Cytol 1980;24:181-183.
    External Resources
  2. Koss LG: Thin needle aspiration biopsy. Acta Cytol 1980;24:1-3.
    External Resources
  3. Koss LG: Environmental carcinogenesis and cytology. Acta Cytol 1980;24:281-282.
    External Resources
  4. Koss LG: The 25th birthday of Acta Cytologica. Acta Cytol 1981;25:1-2.
  5. Koss LG: Analytical and quantitative cytology: a historical perspective. Analyt Quant Cytol 1982;4:251-256.
    External Resources
  6. Koss LG: Aspiration biopsy cytology. Acta Cytol 1984;28:195-196.
    External Resources
  7. Koss LG: Cytochemistry. Acta Cytol 1984;28:353-355.
    External Resources
  8. Koss LG: Electron microscopy in cytology. Acta Cytol 1985;29:195-196.
    External Resources
  9. Koss LG: The Papanicolaou test for cervical cancer detection: a triumph and a tragedy. JAMA 1989;261:737-743.
  10. Koss LG: The New Bethesda System for reporting results of smears of the uterine cervix. J Natl Cancer Inst 1990;988-991.
    External Resources
  11. Köhler G, Milstein C: Continuous cultures of fused cells secreting antibody of predefined specificity. Nature 1975;256:495-497.
  12. Wied GL: Leopold G. Koss MD, FIAC, 70th birthday. Acta Cytol 1990;34:593-619.
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Article / Publication Details

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Abstract of Commentary

Received: May 22, 2017
Accepted: May 22, 2017
Published online: July 11, 2017
Issue release date: July – October

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0001-5547 (Print)
eISSN: 1938-2650 (Online)

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References

  1. Koss LG: The attack on the annual “Pap smear”. Acta Cytol 1980;24:181-183.
    External Resources
  2. Koss LG: Thin needle aspiration biopsy. Acta Cytol 1980;24:1-3.
    External Resources
  3. Koss LG: Environmental carcinogenesis and cytology. Acta Cytol 1980;24:281-282.
    External Resources
  4. Koss LG: The 25th birthday of Acta Cytologica. Acta Cytol 1981;25:1-2.
  5. Koss LG: Analytical and quantitative cytology: a historical perspective. Analyt Quant Cytol 1982;4:251-256.
    External Resources
  6. Koss LG: Aspiration biopsy cytology. Acta Cytol 1984;28:195-196.
    External Resources
  7. Koss LG: Cytochemistry. Acta Cytol 1984;28:353-355.
    External Resources
  8. Koss LG: Electron microscopy in cytology. Acta Cytol 1985;29:195-196.
    External Resources
  9. Koss LG: The Papanicolaou test for cervical cancer detection: a triumph and a tragedy. JAMA 1989;261:737-743.
  10. Koss LG: The New Bethesda System for reporting results of smears of the uterine cervix. J Natl Cancer Inst 1990;988-991.
    External Resources
  11. Köhler G, Milstein C: Continuous cultures of fused cells secreting antibody of predefined specificity. Nature 1975;256:495-497.
  12. Wied GL: Leopold G. Koss MD, FIAC, 70th birthday. Acta Cytol 1990;34:593-619.
    External Resources

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