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January 1964

A Simple Method for the Repair of Broken Histologic Slides

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From the Department of Dermatology, Tufts University School of Medicine and The Boston City Hospital.

Arch Dermatol. 1964;89(1):157. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01590250163030

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The usual practice of repairing a broken slide is to use Scotch Tape; but often fine splintering with loss of some part of the slide results in loose-jointed coherence, making impossible placing the slide on the stage of a microscope or filing it in a slide box with compartments. A method which overcomes this difficulty is presented.

The principle is to cut a fitting "prosthesis" from another slide and then to join the broken slide to the prosthesis with a strip of Scotch Tape (Fig 1, a, b and c). The only technical problem is to cut a well-fitting prosthesis. The following steps will be helpful:

  1. Place the broken slide on top of a clean slide (Fig 2).

  2. With a diamond pencil, trace on the clean slide the exact outline of the broken edge. In this way, the desired form of the prosthesis is obtained (Fig 3).

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