George Nicholas Papanicolaou

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Professor, Consultant Pathologist, American Board Certified Pathologist, Fellow College of American Pathologists. Areas of interest Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology, Cytology, Cancer, Ethics, Islam, Humanity

George Nicholas Papanicolaou

Anwar Ul Haque
Department of Pathology, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad.
PAP smears are not pap talks! They are taken
seriously not only by pathologists and gynecologists
but also by lay public particularly women. Thanks to
George Nicholas Papanicolaou who created awareness
among medical and lay community about the
importance of simple smear cytological examination in
prediction and prevention of cancer. Although
Papanicolaou’s work had been largely confined to the
female genital tract smears examination, his work no
doubt sparked the interest in other areas of the body.
Exfoliative cytology of other organs, touch cytology
and even Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology owe its
popularity and its service to the humanity to some
extent on Papanicolaou who significantly contributed
to make cytology a popular discipline. Papanicolaou
comes from the land of earlier sciences i.e. Greece.
However he was quite different from earlier Greek
scientists who were mostly philosophers who did little
hard work in laboratory sciences. It were Muslims
who actually founded the laboratory sciences through
their zeal for understanding and hard work sparked
by constant encouragement of Quran–e-Majeed and
the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on
learning from birth to grave.


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