[Histonet] Re: Fixative Formula

rsrichmond <@t> aol.com rsrichmond <@t> aol.com
Fri Apr 13 13:50:40 CDT 2007

Pamela Marcum at the U of PA vet school down in mushroom country asks:

Does anyone have a formula for the old original Lillie's 
Fixative?  Someone asked me for it and I can't find it in any of my 
books here.  Thanks in Advance!!

There is no such thing. Ralph D. Lillie invented a great many fixatives. Ordinary neutral buffered formalin (buffered to neutrality with phosphate) was his invention. A formalin-ethanol-acetic acid mixture is also attributed to him by some. But the term "Lillie's fixative" should be avoided.
Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN
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