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March 1967

The Preparation of Decalcified Sections.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(3):348-349. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040350028

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Increased interest is being focused on temporal bone histology and for this reason we were happy to review the monograph. Twenty-five years of experience qualifies this author to write such a book, and although his chief interest lies in the dental sciences, it in no way subtracts from the total application of the technical principles to any calcified tissues. The text is a short one, concise and well-written, mainly in a point by point form. The six sections covered include: "The Calcified Tissues;" "The Specimen," which clearly summarizes the old and new processing techniques; "Infiltrating and Embedding Media;" "Section Cutting," describing types of microtomes, knives, and sharpening; and "Staining," outlining principles and methods including a very good section on formulas and techniques.

The book is a very comprehensive presentation of histologic methods, the problems encountered, and, in most cases, solutions to the problems. Every phase of the process, from the

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