RE: cytology preparation techniques book

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From:"Gary W. Gill" <>
To:"J. A. Kiernan" <>, Edward Henry <>
Date:Fri, 09 Apr 1999 00:03:28 -0500
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A good starting point is: Allen KA (Ed.). A Guide to Cytopreparation.
American Society for Cytotechnology. Raleigh NC, 1995, 161 pages.  Available
from ASCT, 4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 201, Raleigh NC  27607.  $120 as of
1997.  919-787-5181, FAX 919-787-4916.  This spiral bound publication is
more derivative than definitive, since most of the authors have not done
original work, and lacks some kinds of helpful information and perspective.
Nonetheless, it is a useful starting point and perhaps the most
comprehensive work of its kind.  (This is not a criticism, but a realistic
reflection of how difficult it is for individuals to do original research in
this area.  The authors contribute their chapters voluntarily, without
compensation, and are to be applauded for taking time out of their busy
lives to help others.

Also look for the upcoming publication of NCCLS:  GP23-A, Nongynecologic
Cytologic Preparations; Collection and Cytopreparatory Techniques.

Gary Gill

> -----Original Message-----
> From: J. A. Kiernan []
> Sent: April 07, 1999 10:30 PM
> To: Edward Henry
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: cytology preparation techniques book
> On Wed, 7 Apr 1999, Edward Henry wrote:
> > Can someone please offer a "good" reference book for cytology specimen
> > techniques.  We are interested in techniques for cytospin, routine
> > smears, cell block preparations, and thin preps.
>   Try:  Boon ME & Drijver JS (1986) Routine Cytological Staining
>         Techniques. Theoretical background and Practice.
>         New York: Elsevier.
>  John A. Kiernan,
>  Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology,
>  The University of Western Ontario,
>  LONDON,  Canada  N6A 5C1

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