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May 25, 1963


JAMA. 1963;184(8):654. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700210088019

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By this time, more than half way through the 20th century, it would seem that the care and handling of biopsy specimens should be a clear and routine procedure. However, this cannot be taken for granted. Surgeons are certainly not transmitting to their students knowledge of the care of biopsy specimens. This situation is aggravated by the increasing skimpiness of training in pathology given to surgeons. A review of issues and reasons involved may therefore once more be in order.

The most important biopsies are those which are done when the operation is performed solely for the purpose of obtaining tissue for diagnosis. Obviously, if the patient has been exposed to the discomfort and expense of an operation, to an anesthetic, to risk of shock, and to all the other possible complications of surgical procedure, the most important concern of the operating room team, next to seeing that the patient

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