Re: question on a paraffin product

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From:RUSS ALLISON <> (by way of histonet)
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Years ago, after my first NSH meeting (Boston), i started using a
similar scheme for wax processing as you describe.  I believe it
was Surgipath that incorporated piccolyte - a beta terpene - in one
of their waxes with what I thought gave outstanding results.
Because the Hercules Resin (or was it Chemical?) Company
stopped producing the resin, the wax disappeared from the market.
It gave rise to good processing and cutting qualities, but was a little
mroe difficult for "floating" out sections on the water-bath.
There were and still are substitutes for piccolyte and until recently,
I was still mixing my own paraffin wax (Raymond Lamb) with
another beta terpene.
With decalcified material, I continued to use the piccilyte enhanced
wax for embedding only because there was  better adherence
between the wax and the tissue interface in the solidified block.

Russ Allison,
Dental School

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