RE: The future of Histotechs


What was the Alder Hay scandal???

                    Andrew Shand                                                                                                 
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                                                           Subject:     RE: The future of Histotechs                             
                    10/24/2002 10:30 AM                                                                                          

If you worked in the UK Joyce you would find it impossible to do that.  Our
response to the Alder Hay scandal has been to produce an environment in which,
though we can host the plastinated body exhibition,  none of us would
contemplate such educational activities - even if we had full consent,
permission forms pasted all over our tired little bodies.

Andy Shand
     -----Original Message-----
     From: Weems, Joyce []
     Sent: 24 October 2002 15:11
     Subject: RE: The future of Histotechs

     We have a collection of specimens that we loan to health care
     professionals to show in schools in the area. The response is amazing.
     Our employees and physicians use them often for their children's
     science/health class. We have slices of lungs  - normal, emphysema, and
     cancer, a heart-lung combo with an embolus, several hearts ? bypass,
     normal, valves, etc.  liver ? normal and alcoholic, kidneys, and a brain
     that are the most popular ones. We talk about smoking, too much alcohol,
     not eating properly, etc. When I do this (I have been requested a couple
     of times)  I talk about Histology ? taking along a poster board showing
     the process of handling a gallbladder ? and then show a collection of

     I will now request that we all talk about this profession ? sent the ASCP
     powerpoint program to a doc just now!

     One of the most amazing things is that we have a heart transplant patient
     who does this. He requested the specimens at the suggestion of one of the
     nurses a couple years after I started working here. We got to know each
     other and became friends. He had a life changing spiritual experience
     shortly before he received his new heart, in fact a death experience, and
     has become a spiritual and educational mentor for many young people. When
     I came here we had hearts everywhere ? and I got the bright idea to find
     his. Our pathologist allowed me to give it to him. He not only speaks at
     schools, but at churches. When he brings out his very own heart, everyone
     is touched and amazed. (I tell him he is the only one I know who truly
     has his heart in his hand!)

     Joyce Weems
     Pathology Manager
     Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta
     404-851-7831 - fax

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