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Conventional cervical smears were better than monolayer cytology or human papillomavirus testing for detecting cervical intraepithelial neoplasia

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  • Sources of funding: Direction Générale de la Santé and Programme Hospitalier de Recherche Clinique, French Ministry of Health and Association pour la Recherche sur le Cancer.

  • For correspondence: Professor J Coste, Hopital Cochin, Paris, France.coste{at}

  • Abstract and commentary also appear in ACP Journal Club.