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February 25, 1939

Histological Technique for Normal Tissues, Morbid Changes and the Identification of Parasites

JAMA. 1939;112(8):769. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800080089035

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Abstract

"The worker in biology or medicine must be an Aphrodite, quick to transform the cold ivory of Pygmalion's technical result into the glow of the living cell." So enlightened an attitude leads the reader to expect much and he is not disappointed. The point of view and the consistent effort to rationalize the histologic procedures is a unique character of the book. It is written primarily for students and technicians and does not aim to be encyclopedic. The authors and their associates have had personal experience with all the methods described and as a result many details are included which often spell the difference between success and failure. The fundamental differences between histologic and cytologic procedure are stressed but there is not much intimation of the gulf that lies between a microtome knife that will cut satisfactory 10 micron sections and one that will give good 4 micron sections. This

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