18 June 1959
Captain Mauro Gangai, MC
1st Hospitalization Unit
45 Field Hospital
APO 19, New York, N.Y.
Dear Captain Gangai:
Reference is made to your letter of 8 June 1959 relative to obtaining mounted gross specimens and microscopic slides.
The Institute prepares both macropathological and micropathological material for itself and for use by requesting organizations of the Armed Forces. While the Institute does not prepare material for sale, it does have a training program in the technique of preparation and mounting of gross material in which accepted students may learn modern gross mounting methods.
Glass is no longer employed as a mounting medium for gross specimens. the old glass jars have been replaced with plastic containers which are cheaper and more useful.
While commercial sources are somewhat uncertain, Mr. Robert E. Mincey, Bird L. Color Hospital, Welfare Island, New York, is reportedly engaged in a semi-commercial production of modern plastic wet mounts.
If we may be of assistance in this matter, please do not hesitate to write.
Frank M. Townsend
Colonel, USAF (MC)
Albert E Minns Jr
Curator, Medical Museum