IN taking the class of Practical Histology at the Owens College Medical School during the Summer Sessions of 1882-1883, it has been my custom to give each student "sheets" containing a short account of the chief points to be observed in the specimens for examination. This plan has been found of great assistance, but the descriptions being of necessity extremely short, it seemed preferable to increase their length, and to obtain this result the following notes have been printed.
These notes are by no means intended as a full description of the histological structure of the tissues, neither are they given for the instruction of the student in the various methods of section-cutting, injection, etc.; but simply to aid him in his examination of specimens.
The specimens were given to the student ready for mounting, since time would not allow him to stain and clear each section for himself; but it is desirable that this course should be followed now and again.
The various staining, clearing, and mounting reagents are those in general use, but a brief account of those hardening processes, etc., which gave very good specimens, has been included.
One feels there cannot be too closely impressed upon a student the necessity of introducing method into his examination and description of specimens, and of making sketches to assist himself and his instructor.
In the description of tissue preparation the same numbers and arrangements have been followed as those used in describing the structure of the specimens....