The Bethesda System: The European Perspective
On April 29 and 30, 1991, the Second Conference on the Bethesda System was held at the Lister Hill Center at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting was sponsored by the Early Detection Branch and the Cytopathology Section of the National Cancer Institute of the United States. The purpose of the meeting was a critical evaluation of the new classification system for cervical cytological diagnosis proposed at the first Bethesda meeting on December 12 and 13, 1988. At the second meeting, 182 invited cytopathologists, cytotechnologists, and gynecologists discussed approximately 65 presentations from a variety of laboratories on their practical experience with the Bethesda System. The vast majority of the participants were from the United States and Canada.
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