RE:microtome knife safety

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From:Lesley Weston <>
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My first day as a trainee histologist in a research lab, I was left alone to cut
sections on a sliding
microtome that had been all set up for me. I thought "This is easy, I can do
this" and reached confidently for the knife. I didn't realise I had cut myself
until I felt the blood trickling over my hand. After that, in all the years I
worked in histology, I never cut myself again. So I guess that was a reasonable
way to learn after all.

Lesley Weston.

On Tue, 25 Apr 2000, RUSS ALLISON wrote:

> They used to say you were not a proper histologist until you cut 
> yourself.  It took me more than fifteen years - and then my staff 
> said that was at least ten years too early!
> They told me the same about horse riding.  It took me four years to 
> fall off, then I did it (seriously) four times in two weeks.  So they 
> shot the horse and gave me a donkey.
> Russ Allison, 
> Dental School
> Cardiff
> Wales

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