Murphy's "missing specimens"

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The recent recollections of how patient specimens go missing remind me
of my earlier (I'm not that old) days at another hospital, when our
prosectionist was attempting to bisect a referred-in, formalin-fixed punch
biopsy of skin.  As you all know, fixed tissues are somewhat rubbery.  In
order to describe the specimen more adequately, she brought her head
closer towards the bench and proceeded to speak at the same time as
her scalpel blade touched the biopsy.  B-O-I-N-G!!!!!  She tiddlely-winked
that piece of skin into her mouth, gag-reflexed, and swallowed it whole.
The final report only stated "specimen lost in processing".

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