Histopathology and medical laboratory scientific officers

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6967.1513 (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1513
  1. Stewart Fletcher
  1. Consultant pathologist, Al-Zahra Hospital, PO Box 3499, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

    EDITOR,—Arguing about whether pathologists or technicians should dissect gross specimens and select histopathological blocks overlooks a more fundamental requirement.1 2 Qualifications apart, it is important that the same person handles both the gross and the microscopic examination of each specimen; the two steps ought never to be dissociated. To separate them not only damages the quality of the reporting but, if done regularly, retards the educational development of the pathologist.

    The aim of …

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