RE: Museum of Histotechnology

From:"Auld, John"

	[Auld, John]  

	Oh My, Oh my, while thinking of myself as still young, well OK early
middle aged maybe, it got me thinking - I remember the Leica 1212s, these
were the first microtomes I used. they were much much better than the 1215
which replaced them.
	Freezing microtomes, a blast from the past (pardon the pun) if ever.
We used these regularly on fixed PM (autopsy) tissue to look for fat emboli
as well as the occassional rapid frozen on fixed material. 
	This was in the 70s and early 80s. Until now I had not realised it
is almost 30 years since I started in histo land. It seems no matter how
much things change  they stay the same, only now there is much more
paperwork and possibly less fun.
	I think I had better go and lie down in a dark room to recover.


> Date: 21 Aug 2001 12:33:04 -0500
> From: Connie McManus 
> Subject: Re: Museum of Histotechnology?
> A museum of histoltechnology is a great idea.  we have in our store room
> an
> ancient (i.e.  1940's vintage) sledge microtome and a regular microtome,
> the knives that go with it, the sharpeners, etc. and other very old
> equipment. why we have moved these ancient things from the old building
> into this one I don't know... I wasnt' working here at the time *g*  Our
> cryostats are also pretty vintaged out equipment... probably early '70s
> Photos might be kind of fun, I can't donate anything (University
> property).
>  Also, in my possession at home, I have an AO light microscope (monocular)
> that I suspect is a late 40's, to 50's vintage. 
> EEEEEK! this is getting scarie!  it was in the early 70's that I was
> trained and got my ASCP registry!!! 
> just a thought.
> connie mcmanus
> At 02:02 PM 8/20/01 -0400, wrote:
> >Is there such a thing as a museum of Histotechnology somewhere in the
> World or here in the States? The basic technique of sectioning and
> staining
> has not changed much, but equipment and methods have. It would be nice to
> know some of these old pieces of equipment and other items related to
> histotechnology were being saved for posterity. Items that come to mind
> are
> Histokinette tissue processors, Freezing microtomes with carbon dioxide
> cylinders, and the early immunohistochemistry kits from Dako and Immulok
> that came out in the early 70's.
> >I know the AFIP museum has some items but I don't know of any where else.
> >
> >Mike Titford
> >USA Pathology
> >Mobile

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