Mary's legacy

Spare a thought for Mary Papanicolaou. Her husband was George Papanicolaou. That's George looking down the microscope and Mary watching on. It was George Papanicolaou who invented the PAP smear and his first and very long term patient was Mary. George first started looking at PAP smears in the 1920's but it wasn't until the mid-1940's that it became more widely accepted as a useful investigation - that's a lot of PAP smears before anyone else started paying attention! George and Mary's pioneering work paved the way for future generations of women to have their risk of dying from cervical cancer massively reduced. The above photo shows what a PAP smear looks like under the microscope. Having

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