The Muse in Histology

Histology has remained very much the same since the 1800s. If you are interested in a history of it, you can look here. For a science that diagnoses so many diseases, and is fraught with potential to cause patients harm, it is a wonder someone hasn’t come up with a better way to look at…… Continue reading The Muse in Histology

A Boy-man in the Lab

A buffoon, a boy-man, an ass works in our lab and has caused the destruction of biopsies. I say he is a buffoon and an ass because he uses distractions and poor lab practices to disrupt the rest of us who have to work with him. He is a boy in a man’s body, interested…… Continue reading A Boy-man in the Lab

What About Mammograms from the Lab’s Point of View?

My husband found an article about mammograms in the New York Times this weekend. It raised the question about women being over diagnosed, undergoing breast cancer treatment, and being subjected to surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation for no reason. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/22/opinion/cancer-survivor-or-victim-of-overdiagnosis.html?_r=0 I have added links to an abstract that discusses this same question. (An abstract is a summation of data…… Continue reading What About Mammograms from the Lab’s Point of View?

Reprocessing

I sit at a microtome to do my job. I sit in a histology lab with other techs. I cut surgical blocks that contain small samples of human tissue; lung, heart, bowel, skin, bone, anything that is a part of a person. Some days all goes well. This day the tech sitting next to me…… Continue reading Reprocessing

Lost

You have had a mole removed. It could be cancer. It looked suspicious enough that your doctor removed it. He sent it to the lab and you never received a diagnosis. The specimen was lost. You can’t resubmit the specimen like you could blood or urine. It’s gone. What happens now? Did you get a…… Continue reading Lost