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December 3, 1910


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From the Pathological Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital

JAMA. 1910;55(23):1979. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330230037012

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Reports of unsatisfactory results obtained by some workers with the blood-staining fluid which I devised a number of years ago, and recent personal experience with it, have made clear to me that the directions for its preparation and application should be revised in order that certain faults in its working may be corrected or prevented. It is believed that the revised directions which are here given will enable the multitude of users of this reagent to obtain by it brilliant staining effects with more certainty and constancy than heretofore.

PREPARATION OF THE STAINING FLUID  To a 0.5 per cent. aqueous solution of sodium bicarbonate add methylene blue (B. X. or "medicinally pure") in the proportion of 1 gm. of the dye to each 100 c.c. of the solution. Heat the mixture in a steam sterilizer at 100 C. for one full hour, counting the time after the sterilizer has become

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