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Diagnostics Cytology, Microbiology and immunology, Profession, Training and education, Clinical care, Laboratory management, Microscopy and imaging

Breaking with Tradition

In my view, a profession is an accumulation of knowledge and experience, affected by one’s personality and background. Many describe me as being “different” and this quality has accompanied me ever since I began my independent pathology practice. And perhaps it’s the reason why I challenge classical approaches to cytology.

For example, take the investigation of malignancy versus benignancy by means of the cytology of body effusions. There have been few innovations in this field since Muller laid the foundations of clinical cytology as we know it today in 1838 (1). Even with Papanicolaou’s great discovery of his famous “Pap test” in 1928, much remained the same, and those pathologists that followed him added little to classical cytology practice (2).

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Areej Khatib

Areej Khatib is Medical Director of the Center of Advanced Pathology Labs, Head of IAH pathology and clinical lab department and Assistant Professor of Pathology, Bethlehem University, Palestine.

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