Animal Micrology: Practical Exercises in Zo logical Micro-Technique (Classic Reprint)by Michael F. Guyer
For the past ten years it has been a part of the writer's duties to give instruction in microscopical technique, and it has seemed to him that there is need for a series of practical exercises which will serve to guide the beginner through the maze of present-day methods, with
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For the past ten years it has been a part of the writer's duties to give instruction in microscopical technique, and it has seemed to him that there is need for a series of practical exercises which will serve to guide the beginner through the maze of present-day methods, with the greatest economy of time, by drilling him in a few which are thoroughly fundamental and standard. The book is intended primarily for the beginner and gives more attention to the details of procedure than to discrimination between reagents or the review of special processes. The student is told what to do with his material, step by step, and why he does it; at what stages he is likely to encounter difficulties and how to avoid them; if his preparation is defective, what the probable cause is and the remedy. In short, the book attempts to familiarize the student with the little methods but which mean everything in securing good results.
A very brief, non-technical account of the principles of the microscope is inserted (Appendix A) with the idea of giving the student just enough of the theoretical side of microscopy to enable him to get satisfactory results from his microscope. The microscope is so ably treated in the excellent works of Gage (The Microscope) and Carpenter (The Microscope and Its Revelation) that the writer feels himself absolved from any further responsibility in this matter.
The aim of the entire book is to be practical: to omit everything that is not essential; and, above all, to give definite statements about things. Appended to each chapter is a series of memoranda which serve to supply additional information that is more or less pertinent without obscuring the main features of the method under consideration.
In Appendix B the formulae for a number of the most widely used reagents are given with comments upon their uses and manipulation.
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