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From The CriticsReviewer: Jay C. Helsel, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of the cervicovaginal (Pap) smear. Historical background, current techniques, relevant statistics, and future trends are all addressed.
Purpose: The book is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of cervical neoplasia and the screening techniques employed in its detection. The book consolidates a deluge of information into a concise readable book about the Pap smear. This is a formidable task and the book should be very useful to those who are involved in collection, screening, and interpretation of the Pap smear.
Audience: The book is written for pathologists, cytotechnologists, gynecologists, nurse practitioners, and public health personnel. Both editors are well known authorities in cytology with multiple peer reviewed articles, many of which were written in collaboration, and other contributions to the field.
Features: The book addresses all aspects of current and accepted program(s) designed to detect cervicovaginal carcinoma. This mainly involves coverage of the Pap smear. Although the last five of the 11 chapters review interpretation of the Pap smear, most of the preceding text leads us through the story of how we arrived at where we are today. This is done reviewing issues of cost, quality assurance, automation in screening, new techniques in slide preparation, and new techniques for screening all together (e.g. HPV testing), among others. Welcome segments on medicolegal issues regarding cervicovaginal cytology are also included, an area seldom written about yet frequently talked about.
Assessment: This is a unique contribution to the field of cytology. It is a contemporary work that gives us the "hows and whys" of cervicovaginal carcinoma screening, the Pap smear, and all related issues.