College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on May 20, 2010

Contact: Sue Masaracchia-Roberts
Phone: 800-323-4040. ext 7319
           847-772-8653 cell


(Northfield, IL) A well-prepared slide is key to a proper diagnosis. To assist in ensuring consistent, proper slide preparation, a new book was created that showcases common causes of problems encountered and ways in which they may be prevented.

Borne of a program called HistoQIP, created by the Hisotechnology Committee of The College of American Pathologists in conjunction with the National Society for Histotechnology to offer laboratories objective evaluations of histologic preparations, this book evolved from some of the meaningful feedback provided through this program. Entitled Histologic Preparations: Common Problems and Their Solutions, this book offers a unique approach to practical problem identification and solutions in the laboratory.

Edited by Richard W. Brown, MD, FCAP, Medical Director, System Laboratory Services, for Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, and president of Memorial Pathology Consultants, this text offers a broad array of expert information.

The richly illustrated chapters include fixation and processing, microtomy, frozen sections, hematoxylin and eosin, gram stain, myobacteria, heliobacter pylori, spirochetes, fungi, trichrome stains, reticulin, elastin stains, basement membranes, mucin stains, amyloid and immunohistochemistry.

“This rather unique text offers a wealth of information for the novice as well as the experienced laboratory professional,” said Janice M. Lage, MD, FCAP, professor and chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at the medical University of South Carolina. “While there are many other revered texts available on histologic technique, this concise, no-nonsense manual gets right to the heart of the matter, with lots of useful information and a strong focus on what can go wrong in the laboratory and how to fix it.”

According to Cedars Sinai Medical Center’s director of surgical pathology, David P. Frishberg, MD, FCAP, “While there are a number of histology 'cookbooks' in print, they generally do not address difficulties that arise with more than a general warning. This monograph is unique in its approach to practical problem identification and solving.” He added that “the chapters are well-organized and consistently formatted for easy and quick reference. Clear algorithms are given for trouble-shooting. The illustrations are useful both for diagnosing a problem and illustrating problems to technologists and physicians in training. As such, the volume should find itself on the shelves of histology supervisors, medical directors of histology laboratories and of pathologists supervising residents.”

For more information on this text, other CAP Press offerings or educational programs offered by the College of American Pathologists, visit and click on “Reference Resources and Publications,” the “Books from CAP Press,” or contact Mary Spila at 800-323-4040, ext. 7841.

About the College of American Pathologists

The College of American Pathologists (CAP),, is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.