[Histonet] MGH Neuropath and myelin stain history

From:Tim Wheelock


It is good to hear from you again!
I am sorry for the misinformation.
I had heard, several years ago, that, thanks to managed care,  MGH 
Neuropathology had been absorbed into Surgical Histology.
I am glad that it has not been; that would have been a shame, especially 
being the lab that Dr. E. P. Richardson led.
Neuropath is a very specialized field in and of itself, even more so 
when considering muscle and nerve biopsies.
Thanks for setting me--and the Histonet community- straight on that.

Thanks also for all the very useful information, starting with a history 
of the stain at MGH.
All I remember was the card that Evi had in the lab by the time I 
arrived on the scene there.
(However, maybe Lithium was mentioned on the card).

By the way, I also find that the hydroquinone/sodium sulfite solution 
occasionally turns brown especially if there is not much left in the 
bottle or it sits for a long time.
I myself just discard the solution, rinse the bottle with distilled 
water a couple of times, and then make a fresh solution with distilled 
But like you said, sometimes there is just not enough time for that.

I am also going to keep the information that you and others have given 
regarding the Lithium procedure, in case I run into a problem with the 

It is great hearing from you.


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