[Histonet] Science

Janice Mahoney jmahoney <@t> alegent.org
Mon Feb 5 15:41:37 CST 2007

I have always thought of Histology as part art, part science. The more I
read everyone's comments here I'm leaning toward Histotechnologists
being scientists with exceptional manual dexterity.  We are not really
artists in the true sense of the word, but more like skilled craftsmen. 
In my mind this is just as valuable and should be  as highly regarded as
the science aspect.  
The issue here is first of all,  being called "artists" or "craftsmen"
is not as highly regarded in the medical community.   Secondly, we can't
just be artists, we also need to be scientists to be fully competent
technologists.  We will never be shown the respect or earn the pay if we
don't embrace the science and have the education to back it up.  This is
becoming more and more important as time goes on.  When we are fully
automated, which we will be, the ones of us who do not know and
understand the science will be obsolete, like the knife sharpeners and
autotechnicons of our past.  I know there are many people out there who
are still sharpening knives, etc. but for the majority of the
Histotechnologists, we see more and more automation as each year passes.
 Processing, staining, embedding and yes, even cutting, will become
obsolete.  We, as Histotechnologists will have to know how to trouble
shoot problems, verify that the instrumentation is producing quality
results, assure specimen integrity, many of the things med techs do
today.  We will have to know the science.  
I'm just as nostalgic about the past as the next guy, but I also see
and embrace the inevitable and exciting changes that are about to happen
in this wonderful field.  We are growing by giant steps and it has only
just begun.  I hope I'm around long enough to see The field of
Histotechnology finally come into it's own.

Wow, how was that for a long reply.

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