RE: [Histonet] Land snail dissection & other shellfish


I've spent my career rinsing out colons, slicing through eyes with a 
scalpel, looking for the depth of gangrene in half a foot - but the 
thought of eating a snail literally makes me sick.  I've watched "Fear 
Factor" when the contestants have to eat pig rectum and thought "what's 
the big deal" - but when they had to bite into a live cave cricket - I had 
to leave the room.  As far as I'm concerned, snails are in the same 
family.  I almost had to go to the ER once when, living in California, my 
bare foot stepped on a slug that had crawled under my back door into the 
laundry room.   But plop a whole digestive tract in front of me to clean - 
no problem.

"McCollough, Carol" 
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09/08/2004 01:46 PM

        Subject:        RE: [Histonet] Land snail dissection & other shellfish

You folks speaking of garlic & butter...

Over 1300 live oysters pass through my histology lab each fall, plus over 
300 New England steamers (clams) - that's 108 dozen oysters on the 
half-shell and 27 dozen steamers (about 18 buckets) - and we can't eat a 
one of 'em :-(

I can't imagine how the shrimp pathology folks feel........

To add insult to injury, we use Davidson's fixative, and the acetic acid 
smell makes my mouth water and stomach growl just before we begin 

Regards -
Carol B. McCollough, HT/HTL(ASCP)
Diagnostics & Histology Laboratory Manager
Oyster Disease Research Project
Fisheries Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Cooperative Oxford Laboratory
904 S. Morris Street
Oxford, Maryland 21654

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