RE: Histology-related "Older than Dirt"

From:Mike Konopka

Oh, the old days.
Embedding tissue in Petri dishes, and marking the position in a note book, cutting them out with a scalpel.
Smoking while cutting, no ashtrays, ashing in the sink or garbage bins.
Heating the ZN's with a flame wand.
Making our own DPX mountant. In fact we never bought anything pre-made.
As far a fixatives were concerned nobody had even heard of OH&S, when the air got to bad to breath we left the lab for 1/2 hour.
Regards Mike

-----Original Message-----
From: Cheasty, Sandra []
Sent: Saturday, 8 March 2003 3:49 AM
To: HistoNet (E-mail)
Subject: Histology-related "Older than Dirt"

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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