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January 6, 1969

The Importance of Biopsy Procedures

Author Affiliations

Harrisburg (Pa) Polyclinic Hospital

JAMA. 1969;207(1):152. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150140104031

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To the Editor:—  I am taking issue with several of the statements made by Dr. George E. Moore in his article, "The Importance of Biopsy Procedures" (205:917, 1968).Dr. Moore states that clinicians should know how to prepare and stain frozen section and imprint preparations of surgical material. It seems to me that a surgeon's and his preceptee's time is better spent learning and practicing the minutiae of surgical procedures on their patients than to try to acquire some measure of adeptness in a procedure that basically belongs to another specialty. The accurate interpretation of frozen section material requires knowledge, experience, and skill. It would be a very unusual surgeon who would have the background in surgical pathology to do as well in frozen section diagnosis as the pathologist.While the diagnosis by frozen section of a grossly obvious carcinoma may not create a serious problem even for the