RE: [Histonet] re what is histology?

From:"Smith, Allen"

Actually, we are artists.  Much of the pleasure in our job comes from its
aesthetic quality.  One may need Gabe's or Masson's trichrome to tell
collagen from smooth muscle in a blindworm (or other totally unfamiliar
critter), but one uses trichromes on human tissue because the effect is
beautiful.  The real payoff in a Mallory AzAn stain is contemplating the
beauty of the final product.  Even a well-stained eosinophil or Paneth cell
is beautiful.

Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy
School of Graduate Medical Sciences 
Barry University 
Miami Shores, FL

-----Original Message-----
From: Carl [] 
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2003 2:53 PM
Subject: [Histonet] re what is histology?

After a friend asked what I am/did, I expained about Histology, staining,
dyes etc. I subsequently overheard him saying to another person that I was
an artist! To him dyes/stains= paints...( hadn't listened to a word....or my
explanation was inadequate  lol) I suppose it's true; a picture paints a
thousand words. Perhaps that's why, for example, the pathologist uses many
words to describe what's seen in a section  ;-)

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