By George N. Papanicolaou, M.D., and Herbert F. Traut, M.D. Price $5.00. Pp. 47, with 11 color plates. New York: Commonwealth Fund, 1943.
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The purpose of this book is directed toward the establishment of an early diagnosis of uterine cancer. Every one appreciates the fact that further improvement in the methods of treatment of uterine cancer is dependent on the establishment of an earlier diagnosis.
The procedure recommended is of value, as demonstrated by the descriptions and records. It is to be used, as the authors state, as an accessory procedure in conjunction with biopsy, curettage and other methods. If it is employed in this manner, it is apparent that a diagnosis can be made earlier than has been customary.
The principal difficulty with the vaginal smear procedure is that there are relatively few workers who have had sufficient experience to interpret accurately the findings. The authors were reticent in making final interpretation of their observations until they had acquired a vast experience. In a real effort to transmit their experience to others,
Diagnosis of Uterine Cancer by the Vaginal Smear.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1943;72(5):707. doi:10.1001/archinte.1943.00210110144007