Re: Histology-related "Older than Dirt"

From:Lesley Weston (by way of Histonet)

All of the below. The last time I embedded in paraffin, which wasn't that
long ago, I used the metal cassettes.

Lesley Weston.

on 07/03/2003 8:49 AM, Cheasty, Sandra at wrote:

> 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
> pink lab floors are still in existence from accidents?)
> *    Smoking in the lab (when I first started working as a histo lab
> 1978, we had little ashtrays next to our microtomes)
> *    Practical jokes with sliver nitrate (today a cause for immediate
> 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
> 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
> *    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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