My Big Fat Greek Last PAP Test Party

Notable Greek-American Dr. George Papanicolaou did not win a Nobel Prize in Medicine, though he was nominated several times. He got a 13 cent stamp and name recognition. Women the world over laud him or curse him and know him as the one behind that annual/bi-annual/whenever-I-get-around-to-it staple of women’s health care – the PAP test. Sitting in an OB-GYN exam room, garbed in paper drapes, my toes like icicles, a cheery doctor enters the room and announces – “Good news!” She has not examined me yet and I wonder what she knows. I am here only because my HMO nagged me to get a PAP test according to their recommended schedule. They hijacked me on the way to pick up a prescription with the

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