Re: [Histonet] interesting pictures

From:James L Burchette

Gudrun and all,

Very interesting photographs. Thank you for sharing. It brings back 

I visited Murmansk Russia in 1991. Between fly fishing trips, my host 
arraigned for me to visit the Murmansk Regional Medical Center. I was the 
first foreigner to visit the pathology Department. Among the gifts I 
shared with them were a 10 oz. case of glass cover slips. You would have 
thought they were gold. The pathologist and tech's said they would be 
saved and used on consult slides to send to St. Petersburg. The 
pathologists desk was located at a window where they would use the sun 
light to reflect on their microscope mirror... and I had two 'clunker' 
microscopes back home. Tissues were processed in a 'Dunka' processor, pan 
embedded and attached to a wooden block and cut on a Sledge microtome. 
Their water bath was a bowl of water. The mounted tissues were flame 
dried. Yes, very crude. In comparison to the photographs that Gudrum 
shared, the Murmansk MC Path Lab was very clean and organized and was 
apparent the techs and Dr's took pride in their surroundings, but were 
limited due to lack of resources. I was invited to the home of the 
pathologist and histotech wife for dinner. While sitting at their table 
and watching the evening news (just like here!) was President Bush and 
Gorbachev meeting in Moscow. I had my own summit in Murmansk. We dined on 
borsch and chicken from the USA called 'Leg's of Bush' by the Russian 

I look back on that trip with fond memories of the people I met, places I 
visited, to much vodka and the beautiful Atlantic salmon I caught.

Jim Burchette, HT(ASCP) QIHC
"A simple histotech from a little country hospital in North Carolina"

"Gudrun Lang"  
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[Histonet] interesting pictures

Hi all,

I found these interesting pictures of a Russian pathology in the web.




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