RE: automated microtomes

From:"Bartlett, Jeanine"

I use the Microm Ergostar.  Instead of a rotary wheel to turn, it has a
push-pull handle on each side.  I had carpal tunnel surgery and this
microtome has been a life-saver for me.  It is not automatic in the
traditional sense but it serves a great purpose if ergonomics is your goal.

Jeanine Bartlett, HT(ASCP)
Centers for Disease Control
Infectious Disease Pathology Activity
Atlanta, GA

-----Original Message-----
From: Dawson, Glen []
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 11:17 AM
To: Terry Hacker;
Subject: RE: automated microtomes

I use the Microm HM355 automated microtome.  It works very well except for
shotty knife holders.  It not only cuts down on RSI/carpel tunnel problems,
it keeps track of number of revolutions, # of microns cut into, it has
variable speeds, adjustable rough face, etc....  As a whole, it is excellent
but I stick to the statement that the designer of it's knife holder should
be summarily executed.
Glen Dawson

-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Hacker []
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 9:08 AM
Subject: Fw: automated microtomes

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Terry   Hacker 
To: histonet@pathology.swmed   
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 2:23 PM
Subject: automated microtomes

could you give me some comments on automated microtomes (for paraffin wax
sectioning), preferences, pros/cons etc.I would be particularly interested
in any comments from individuals suffering/suffered from RSI/carpel tunnel.
Can you still cut sections using these microtomes with no further problems?
Many thanks,

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