[Histonet] Re: Number of blocks

Jennifer MacDonald JMacDonald <@t> mtsac.edu
Thu Oct 25 23:03:47 CDT 2012

Well said!

From:   Bob Richmond <rsrichmond <@t> gmail.com>
To:     histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Date:   10/25/2012 09:01 PM
Subject:        [Histonet] Re: Number of blocks
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As I asked before, do your pathologists have any input into any of this?

About embedding: I heard of a recently trained pathologist who, asked
about an embedding problem, replied, "What's embedding?"

We spend thousands of dollars on a bronchoscopy or an EGD to get a
tiny bit of tissue that contains a life-changing diagnosis. The
specimen comes to the pathology lab and is grossed by a prosector who
isn't allowed an embedding sheet. The embedder has no idea how many
bits of tissue to look for. Then the microtomist is expected to cut 50
blocks an hour. Then the pathologist has to make a diagnosis on a
venetian-blind section.

Good Management I'm sure. Bad medicine.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Maryville TN

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