RE: stains for Helicobacter pylori

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I agree with Jan that the target audience for Histologic is the technician
using the procedure.  Histologic has always been a forum for assisting new
writers to begin communication with the field.  It is also a forum that
encourages us to communicate with each other better and sometimes learn
which questions should be asked and why.  Your response has it merits
however, it might have been better to contact the writer and ask your
questions or make constructive criticism of the article not what sounded
like an attack on the paper and the person's writing ability.
Pam Marcum

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Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: stains for Helicobacter pylori

Dr. Richmond,

I read your critique of Kim's article and I must admit that I was
disappointed in your comments.  The article may not have answered all of the
questions from your point of interest, but I suspect that it was targeted at
a different audience.  The HistoLogic publication is an excellent forum for
technical people to communicate with one another, sharing techniques and
experiences.  It has been well received in the histology community for many
years because the articles are informative and easy to understand.

It is very difficult to get people in the field to feel confident enough to
submit articles for publication and many individuals feel a little safer
starting out in this arena.  I fear that after reading your sharp critique
there will be a number of individuals who will reconsider their desire to
publish, and that would be a terrible waste of potential talent.

I do not believe that there is an "impasse" or a "failure to communicate"
between the pathologists and the technologists.  The pathologists that I
worked for always encouraged me to do things that I hadn't tried before, and
they helped me learn without being critical or negative.  The "impasse"
existed in that environment.

Jan Minshew

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