Re: Which microtome for prostates?

Mike Titford gives a fascinating account of making whole mount slides of 
prostates. I've read about them, but never seen one.

When I attended a continuing medical education program on urologic pathology 
a couple of years ago, Jonathan Epstein at Johns Hopkins - 800 radical 
prostatectomies a year - noted that they cut prostates into quadrants rather 
than doing whole mounts, in their considerable research program on the 
subject. The community standard of patient care presently requires a good 
number of blocks, but prostates almost never need to be completely embedded, 
much less whole-mounted.

This should give you all some ammunition should your community-hospital 
pathologist request this service!

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN 

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