Re: Microchatter chit chat

From:Bryan Hewlett


In our past discussions about things histological, I suspected that you were
a fellow 'Breather'!
Not a 'Heavy Breather' mind you, but a possessor and practitioner of that
magic ingredient in the microtomy skill mix.
It would be intriguing to pole the 'netters', in order to find the ratio of
'Breathers' vs 'Non-Breathers', how about it folks?
It would also be intriguing to find out why the 'Breathers' think it works?
We're not talking 'Puffing' here folks, that's the skill used mainly by
'Blowers' to prevent section roll-up and/or to clear the knife. We're
talking 'Huffing', that arcane, gentle, open mouthed art that Jeff


Bryan R. Hewlett
Technical Specialist
Anatomical Pathology
Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program
Ontario, Canada

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Silverman" 
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2002 12:49 PM
Subject: Microchatter chit chat

> Microchatter got you down? Face, chill on ice, section the block slowly
> evenly while breathing hot breath on the block face (like trying to fog a
> mirror). Also, use plain old Paraplast. I have enough to do without
> whether I am mistreating or offending the mystery polymers and
> in some newfangled embedding medium. When I switched back to Paraplast
> one of those s0-called improved mixtures, all microtomy problems in my lab
> disappeared. Just my opinion and experience.
> Jeff Silverman HT HTL QIHC (ASCP)
> Southside Hospital
> Bay Shore NY USA

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