[Histonet] Spirit fixation of tissue

renton louise mrs rentonlf <@t> bru.wits.ac.za
Mon Aug 23 03:08:15 CDT 2004

Not much use this but...

I can confirm that it would have been a UK lab journal, as the info was reported to me by my senior tech (straight off the boat from Cardiff) in about 1982/3. The essence was that cheap gin was the best fixative....make you think!

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Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 14:33:19 +0100
Subject: [Histonet] Spirit fixation of tissue

Hello Histonet users,

I would really appreciate knowing where to find an article, author unknown, published, probably somewhere in the time period 1972 to 1986, about the use of spirit for the fixation of skin biopsies and the like. I think it may have been published in the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology journal (UK) or may be the Journal of Clinical Pathology (UK). The article investigated the effects of rum, whisky, gin and vodka etc. on tissue. I think rum came out on top.

I am presenting a talk to GP's and would like to mention this as part of my presentation. I shall of course advise them not to use a Scottish malt under any circumstances that would be sacrilage. American bourbon may be!



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