[Histonet] UNCLE!

Rittman, Barry R Barry.R.Rittman <@t> uth.tmc.edu
Mon Feb 5 14:55:24 CST 2007

That is an improvement over some who have come to the lab and seemed to
have their head stuck in a dark part of their digestive tract. Hopefully
Darwinism will take care of that.

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Perhaps a little experience I had some years ago will help put this in
perspective. One day I observed one of our new residents carefully
looking over my tissue processor.  He looked at the front, both sides,
and underneath. Finally I went over and said "can I help you?". He said
(believe it or not) "I was looking for where the blocks come out". He
figured you put the cassettes in the machine and the machine then spit
out finished paraffin blocks. I explained to him that we make the blocks
manually, one by one, and also section them, stain the slides and
coverslip them manually. To which he responded, "so there is really an
art to this histology business". He was right on this point. An artist
takes raw materials and with his/her own hands and mind, creates
something that was not there before. Histology requires scientific
knowledge, manual dexterity and many fine skills which can be perfected
only by long hours of practice. Other areas of medical technology also
require knowledge, but for the most part fewer fine skills. You don't
really need much manual skill to drop a tube into a machine that
analyses the contents and prints out the results.

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