Re: stains for Helicobacter pylori

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Jan Minshew comments on my rather negative critique of the article about 
Helicobacter pylori staining:

>>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.<<

Well, if that's going to be the effect of it, I certainly wish I hadn't 
written it! But I'm going to stick by what I said. The article gives very 
little information that would enable the reader to choose among the methods 
offered, or in fact to choose to employ a special stain at all.

I might also have noted that the Genta stain is omitted, and this is the one 
that (in my experience) the pathologist is most likely to ask about.

People should certainly write more articles like this, particularly with such 
good photomicrographs. But they should have a readership in mind, and try to 
anticipate that readership's questions.

Actually, querying this list before writing such an article would be a very 
good thing for a potential author to do.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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