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October 12, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(6):729-730. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980240016032

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Seeking to motivate women to adopt the lifesaving habit of health checkups, this film was released as a part of a broad education program which will be undertaken in communities where technical facilities are available for interpreting vaginal smears, and where the county medical societies approve use of the film. The uterine cancer cell examination, the "Pap" smear, is explained in an effort to alert women to the urgency of early detection of uterine cancer.

The film deals with diagnosis of cancer of the uterus with special emphasis on cytology and dramatizes the fate of two women: one who ignored warning signals and saw her doctor too late and the other whose early cervical cancer was detected in the course of a periodic checkup. The written review of this film appears on page 728 of this issue.

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