March 13, 1967

Electron Microscopy: A Handbook for Biologists

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Chapel Hill, NC


by E. H. Mercer and M. S. C. Birbeck, ed 2; 102 pp, 4 illus, $2.50, Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1967;199(11):863-864. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120110135041

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This slender book furnishes basic information on a few well-chosen procedures for the preparation of biologic materials for electron microscopic examination. It is intended for biologists who wish to prepare their own materials and who are more concerned with the results of such examination than with many variations in technical procedures. The few standard procedures which have been selected have been used extensively by the authors and found to be satisfactory. Some of the problems they have encountered and their solutions are also included in the 65 pages of text. Formulas for buffers, fixatives, and stains, schedules for processing tissue, and staining methods occupy a total of 17 pages. Moreover, two and one-half pages contain useful, pertinent references.

The authors have produced an admirable book. Their descriptions, lucid and succinct, clearly demonstrate an easy familiarity with the methods, their problems, and their solutions.

This excellent book will be useful to