On an aside, the "artist'" aspect to histotechnology has a long historical=20
background. This is particularly apparent when you take Dr. McCormick's
antique slide preparation workshop. The art was in the preparation of
microscope slides made on glass scored and separated to obtain that
slide. After the specimen was mounted under the coverglass the slide was
carefully wrapped with beautiful paper to protect the viewer from cutting
themselves on sharp edges. This produced an a slide reminiscent of old time=20
framed, matted photographs, and the final labeling was done in the most
gorgeous hand writing. Dr. McCormick also teaches some other ways of
making slides in the most artistic fashion and the workshop is fun to take,=20
and still being presented at NSH symposiums.
I have some slides, one containing scales from a butterfly wing that remain=20
iridescent even after preparation in the earlier 1900's. There is not
doubt these slides were and are still valuable to the scientific
communinity, artistically presented but highly viewable.
At 12:11 PM 5/20/2007, you wrote:
> By now you already know that from time to time I come up with a general=20
> question, here is another one:
> Are we histotechs ARTISTS (creating new beautiful and original things
> daily) or are we ARTISANS assuring that our work responds to certain
> established norms in a most beautiful way?
> It would be nice to know how we, as a collective, feel about this
> questions: artists or artisans?
> René J.
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