Histotechnology Professionals Day, held annually on March 10, is a celebration of this particular branch of science and the professionals working in it. Centering around the microscopic study of plant, animal, and human tissues to help detect abnormalities, histotechnology is a crucial process for diagnosing illness and suggesting treatments. This day is mainly dedicated to those heroic warriors in the lab, without whom disease identification might have been impossible. Histotechnology Professionals Day is currently celebrated by histotechnologists around the world and is an officially recognized day in several U.S. states.
History of Histotechnology Professionals Day
People have always been interested in what makes the human body tick, so it’s no surprise that the study of human tissues began as early as the 15th century. Italian biologist Marcello Malpighi (1628 — 1694), is recognized as the founder of histology and microscopic anatomy. As a physician, he used microscopes to study the organs and tissues of bats, frogs, and other animals, eventually describing the hair-like connections between the veins, arteries, and capillaries in his 1661 book, “De Pulmonibus.”
By the 19th century, histology — called the study of the ‘finer structures’ (also known as tissues and cells) of animals, plants, and humans — had become a separate academic discipline. French anatomist Xavier Bichat, described as the father of modern histology, accurately visualized and introduced the concept of ’tissues’ as the elements that link our organs and developed a medical treatise in the 1800s, called “Traité des membranes,” notably without the help of a microscope. This breakthrough was followed by further experimentation and discovery. Members of the scientific community developed various techniques to effectively study tissues, using freezing, drying, and other methods to obtain the best image under a microscope.
Subsequent innovation has brought us to today’s histological world, where scientists and histologists are developing non-invasive ways to collect information about human tissues. The world of histology has undergone a significant transformation since the point in history when microscopes were the height of invention — but the core of this field remains the same — helping find answers in the cells and tissues of plants, animals, and humans.
Histotechnology Professionals Day timeline
A 41-page printed version of German biochemist Karl Meyer's first lecture at the Royal Prussian Rhein University (Bonn) contains the word 'histology,' but no further information about this word appears in the text.
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to two histologists — Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramon y Cajal — for their studies on the cellular structure of the brain and helping the world understand the human nervous system.
The National Society for Histotechnology launches Histotechnology Professionals Day to raise awareness about histotechnology and those working in the profession.
Digital scanning microscopes developed over the last decade transform histology making it easier to collect and analyze samples and improve medical outcomes.
Histotechnology Professionals Day FAQs
What does a histotechnician do?
A histotechnician works as a specialized medical professional, preparing tissue samples for study under the microscope.
Is histotechnologist a good career?
Histotechnology offers a chance at a hands-on medical job that impacts lives yet does not involve interaction with patients or clinicians. There are diverse opportunities in this field, and each can be very rewarding.
Why is histotechnology important?
Viewing tissues under a microscope helps us understand how specific tissues look and work in organisms, allowing histotechnologists to differentiate between what is normal and abnormal to recognize the existence of diseases.
How to Observe Histotechnology Professionals Day
Help your community recognize this day
Ask your elected officials to officially recognize this day in your state or city. Get help from resources and articles on the National Society for Histotechnology (N.S.H.) website or online.
Attend Histotechnology Professionals Day events
Check for events near you — the N.S.H. hosts various events and competitions — and take part in them if you can. Post something online to spread the word. You can even come with your own fun celebrations.
Host a 'best artwork' contest
The N.S.H. hosts a contest to judge the best and ‘artiest’ tissue and cell samples on this day each year — which is something you can also do, in your own way. Get friends and family to color up for a friendly competition and get creative to illustrate what they think the tissues in their bodies look like.
5 Facts About Histotechnology And Histology
No histology without microscopes
It would be impossible to examine or even see the minute tissues without the microscope, making this invention crucial to the study of all sciences, particularly histology.
A lot of preparation is required
There are multiple steps involved in the traditional preparation of tissue for study, which include fixing samples to prevent tissue decay, embedding them to seal into blocks, slicing them into thin pieces, segregating them, and adding dye to make them easier to see.
Histotechnologists and histotechnicians are different
Histotechnicians prepare samples for microscopic examination, while histotechnologists use their additional medical expertise to understand how and why tissues are collected and processed.
It’s an important subject
Medical students, veterinarian students, biologists — all learn histology to help them better understand and eventually recognize different types of tissues, a knowledge that greatly helps them in their work.
Histology has many uses
Histology can be used in archaeology to study biological material, in paleontology to study old D.N.A. material, in medicine to determine diseases in animals and individuals, and even in autopsies to find answers about how, where, and why the person died.
Why Histotechnology Professionals Day is Important
It helps increase public awareness
Histotechnology Professionals are the silent heroes, working in labs around the U.S. and the world, helping people find answers to many difficult questions. Histotechnology Professionals Day helps us understand how their work influences and touches our lives.
It influences career decisions
The added awareness helps educate young people about this challenging and rewarding career, something the N.S.H. hoped to highlight when they established this day.
Histotechnologists' work is celebrated
We know there is someone called a histotechnologist laboring away to bring us the answers we need for a better life — their vital work is not going unrecognized, but rather, is being honored.
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