Smears and Swabs

I read with interest the article "Quantitative Image Analysis Gives More Power to the Pathologist."1 However, I must draw your attention to an inaccuracy.

In the first paragraph, "A woman visits her gynecologist for her annual Pap smear. The doctor takes a cervical swab." However, a swab is used to diagnose infection. A cervical smear is the means to gather cells required for cytological analysis.

Amanda Watters
Division of Cancer Sciences and Molecular Pathology
Department of Pathology
Western Infirmary
Glasgow, Scotland, UK

1. S. Jenkins, "Quantitative image analysis gives more power to the pathologist," The Scientist, 17[6]:36-8, March 24, 2003.

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