Re: special stains - Internet pictures mostly poor.

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From:"J. A. Kiernan" <> (by way of histonet)
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On Sun, 11 Oct 1998, swansong (Who's He/She?) wrote:

> I know that this may sound redundant, but I really am in desperate need of
> these pictures, If anyone has or knows which website may contain these
> beautiful stains, Please let me know.

  Do not despair. Help may be locally available and better than stuff
  you might find on a web site.

  Most histology pictures that I have collected from the internet are of
  such poor quality that they cannot be evaluated at all. This includes
  photomicrographs promulgated by companies to promote their fixatives
  etc. I have a humble 14" SVGA monitor, but it shows many pictures with
  crisp resolution. The fault with internet photomicrographs lies either
  with the original pictures or with effects of file compression. I
  suspect the former. Most downloaded micrographs look as if they were
  taken from incorrectly illuminated microscopes.

  For normal tissues stained by a variety of methods, the atlas by
  Wheater et al is pretty good, and probably better value for money
  than some CD-ful of computer-mangled coloured but Kohler-deficient
  images. You're unlikely to find realistic pictures of "special
  stains" for free. If your interests are similar to those of
  pathologists, someone at a nearby hospital might lend you some
  slides. If it's for research, you should have no trouble at all
  getting standard slides from your colleagues.

 John A. Kiernan,
 Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology,
 The University of Western Ontario,
 LONDON,  Canada  N6A 5C1

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