Histology-related "Older than Dirt"

From:"Cheasty, Sandra"

I suppose some of these are still being carried out in histology labs...

*	Hand-sharpening steel knives (and putting a curse on the pathologists who were careless in removing staples)
*	Home-made Schiff's reagent (Is it "straw" colored yet? And how many bright pink lab floors are still in existence from accidents?)
*	Smoking in the lab (when I first started working as a histo lab assistant in 1978, we had little ashtrays next to our microtomes)
*	Practical jokes with sliver nitrate (today a cause for immediate dismissal and probably a lawsuit)
*	Eating in the morgue (it WAS right next to the cafeteria)
*	Changing the oil on the old technicon processor (remember when that stuff would start to smoke?)
*	Pathologists doing lymph node dissections without gloves (OSHA-SHMOSHA!)
*	Leaky cardboard containers for placentas
*	Round metal cassettes with ill-fitting snap-on lids (you put a piece of paper with the case number in the cassette with the specimen)
*	Throwing formalin and xylene (and everything else) down the drain (EPA-SCHMEPA!)
*	Using old pathology reports for making note pads (HIPAA-SCHMIPAA)

I can hardly wait to see what other ancient practices have occurred...

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