Re: [Histonet] Re: Polyester wax (with earlier citations)
I was the Chief Tech at Nottingham City Hospital, so I knew all the
staff at Queen's Medical Centre. I know Neil Hand well, he started as a
student at QMC while I was at the City. Alan Stevens, Janet Palmer,
Keith Miller, the brothers Keith and Clive Gordon were all good friends
of mine.Before the existing building was built, the Pathology Dept was
housed in a row of ex-army huts. This was a very humble beginning for
what is now a very well respected department. John Bancroft was the
Chief Tech back in those days. We used to teach nightschool together in
the labs at QMC or the City. This was always followed by several pints
at the hospital pub ... that's another feature of hospital life that
sadly seems to have gone. Darts tourmaments between the two labs were a
Thinking about old pathologists reminded me of one at the City. The
first automated knife sharpener we got was the original Shandon Elliot,
this was the highlight of the department. This old pathologist was so
excited about this new equipment that in his rush to see it he backed
into two cars parked outside the lab, and fell over the curb. He then
proceeded to sit on a stool and watch the plate rotate and the knife
flip from side to side for the next four hours. Unsophisticated times.
Food was big thing in our lab too. One of the staff always went to get
tea and bacon sandwiches at 10 o'clock, these were then eaten while
cutting sections. Getting bacon grease on the slides was sure way to
make sure the sections floated off later.
A dress code was in effect in our lab too. Shirt and tie was the rule of
the day. Suits were the standard, apart from Saturdays when we wore
sports jackets (more casual). We worked alternate Saturdays, just until
lunch time, to get any urgent specimens done. One very quiet morning, we
made a cannon from a length of 1" glass tube, a length of hose and the
CO2 tank from the freezing microtome, bals of wax were the ammunition.
Boy, did that thing work well!
They were the days ...
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