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January 14, 1939

Handbook of Histological and Cytological Technique

JAMA. 1939;112(2):177. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800020083037

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This little manual of histologic technic differs from most others available by the fact that it emphasizes some of the excellent methods and points of view of R. R. Bensley. It differs further from most others in not being overburdened with the rarely used and to a great extent unnecessary methods. Most of the methods which are detailed are clearly stated, although some are unnecessarily complicated. The beginner will be lost in the extreme detail and lack of precise directions in the section dealing with sectioning and mounting. This is especially true of that part dealing with the microtome knife. The short discussion on glands is especially informative from the point of view of histochemistry. One of the best sections in the manual is the excellent presentation of the principles of staining. It contains a brief history of the use of stains and an instructive outline of the accumulated data

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