Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Identification of Parasites in the Lab
The teaching lab at LSTM is massive. On the first day, they issued each of us a lab bench, microscope, and lab coat. Every day we prepare blood smears and/or stool smears from unknown samples on our lab bench. At the end of the session, the faculty tell us the pathogens in the unknown samples. Below, a pic of the students at my bench.
The CDC has a fantastic reference website for parasitic disease diagnostics. They have lifecycle diagrams of every important organism, as well as an image library to help with diagnositic microscopy.