Outlook for Diagnostic Cytology in Germany
We have shown in the previous article (Lange, this volume) that the situation of diagnostic cytology in Germany is rather disquieting and somewhat shameful. The unfortunate conditions are due to several deficiencies in personnel, structure, and material equipment in educational institutions, in institutes of pathology, and in clinics of gynecology and obstetrics. A damaging factor is seen in the strict decentralization of cytodiagnostic services in the field of prophylactic screening which is liable to continual deterioration in results. Last but not least, the criminal activities of mountebank cytologists have damaged the reputation of German cytology and cytologists in the international scientific community. Any attempt to improve and reestablish the status will have to start from the basis of the problems cited above.
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