A. Diamantis, E. Magiorkinis, G. Androutsos
Oct 7, 2009
The purpose of our study is to elaborate on the ongoing controversy regarding the origination of the Pap test between the supporters of George Papanicolaou and Aurel Babes. We studied the original articles published by Aurel Babes and George Papanicolaou and conducted a comparative evaluation of both methods. Babes' method is radically different from Papanicolaou's method. Differences included the sampling method, the fixation and staining technique, and the interpretation of the results regarding cases of cervical cancer. We conclude that theestablishment of the technique in clinical practice and the ideaof its application as preventive control of cervical cancer belong solely to George Papanicolaou. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2010. © 2009 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.