On the 30th anniversary of the death of Dr George Papanicolaou, the greek newspaper “Ethnos” published an interview with Irene Drakopoulou, a medical doctor and assistant of the great researcher, who among other things mentioned:
“Although Papanicolaou was 79 years old when he started the Miami venture, in my opinion he was an adolescent who had just set visions and new goals …”
Mrs. Drakopoulou recalls her conversation with Dr Pap who told her : “In Miami, there will be scientists from all over the world to exchange ideas on the fight against cancer”.
In a week’s time he passed away en route to the hospital ….
A decade later (19/2/1992), the newspaper “Ta Nea” published a new article about Dr Pap, in which Mr. Ioannis Messinis, a professor of Obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical School of the University of Thessaly and oncologist Gerasimos Rigatos, director of the St. Savvas 1st Pathological Clinic were talking on Dr Pap.
“Essentially, the Pap test opened a path for the detection of disease agents in various fluids”,said Mr. Rigatos, “while their valuable contribution to the prevention and early detection of uterine cancer is of course considered.