Although desquamated epithelial cells have been studied for more than a century, their clinical significance has been realized only in recent years. The present widespread clinical use of the cytological approach is due largely to the untiring efforts of Papanicolaou and his associates and to the techniques and applications developed by his laboratory.
The present volume is intended partially to fill the need for publications describing and illustrating the large variety of exfoliated cells. The book limits illustration and discussion to distinct cell types rather than attempting to include all the abnormal cells found in body fluids. There is a detailed chapter on technique and a chapter on the cytologic criteria of malignancy in general. Plates depicting representative cell types from lesions of the female genital tract, urinary and male genital system, respiratory system, digestive system, and breast are discussed in subsequent chapters.
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