Merck had originally hoped to get the vaccine approved for use in boys. But although women have routinely allowed swabs to be taken of their vaginal cells, the company found that men rebelled against the use of emery boards to collect cells from their penises. Researchers eventually discovered that jeweler's-grade emery paper effectively removed cells without alarming men and were able to complete their studies.
("U.S. Approves Use of Vaccine for Cervical Cancer", New York Times, March 9, 2006.)
The Swedish word for the day is gynekolog. It means gynecologist.
- by Francis S.