The JayDoc HistoCD is a histology atlas that corresponds with the laboratory exercises of the Cell & Tissue Biology course of the School of Medicine of the University of Kansas. The HistoCD provides succinct explanations of the tissues to guide the first-year medical student in the use of their microscope. The HistoCD subsequently serves as a permanent histology resource for all medical students and physicians.

About the HistoCD

The JayDoc HistoCD is a great example of what can be accomplished when a group of highly motivated people come together with a common cause. One of the main strengths of this atlas is that it is presented from the student point of view. The point of view of the student comes from Milton Wolf and Marc Scarbrough . Milton and Marc took the Cell and Tissue Biology Course in Spring, 1996. During the following summer they worked together with the faculty of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology to produce the backbone of the HistoWeb site. The images contained in the Histoweb site were obtained by taking photomicrographs of the tissue slides that are provided to the medical students taking the Cell and Tissue Biology Course. Marc and Milton searched through these slides to pick the best specimen for photography. The images were captured onto Kodak slide film so as to produce the highest quality image. Throughout the process the quality and accuracy of the images were supervised by the faculty of the Cell and Tissue Biology course, especially Dr. Kuen-Shan Hung, the course director. After the arduous task of obtaining quality images of the tissues, the slides were digitized by Dr. James Fishback in the Department of Pathology. Marc and Milton organized the slides into groups that mirror the laboratory exercises in the Cell and Tissue Biology Course. Marc and Milton wrote brief descriptions to go along with the images, and the faculty of the Cell and Tissue Biology course then edited the pages for clarity and content. In order to present the material from the student point of view the faculty endeavored to retain the student perspective in the descriptions wherever possible. Subsequently to the initial version of the HistoCD, and the online HistoWeb, we have received numerous suggestions and corrections from users of the atlas. The input from users is continuous and greatly appreciated. We are continually striving to enhance the atlas. For example, new images of male and female urethra, more blood cells, have been added to the site in the autumn of 1998. Corrections and day to day issues of the site are handled by Dr. Michael Werle, especially since Marc and Milton are now fourth year medical students. The final product of this interaction is the current version of the JayDoc HistoWeb site, and this Jaydoc HistoCD.

The creation of the HistoCD followed the creation of the HistoWeb site. The main benefit of the HistoCD is increased speed of obtaining images, particularly when compared to downloading the images via a modem. Dr. Werle spearheaded this effort, and the production of the CDs was supported by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Support for the JayDoc HistoWeb and HistoCD was provided by the Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Dr. Michael Sarras, and also by the previous Chair,Dr. Joe Besharse.

Special thanks go to Dr. Anne Walling, Dr. Ken Kallail, Dr. Jane Murray and Lynn LeCount of the Primary Care Physician Education office. Salary support for Milton and Marc was provided through the Primary Care Physician Education grant. The Primary Care Physician Education office supported the project in order to provide an educational resource that would be available to all primary care physicians. Thus, the HistoWeb site was created for all physicians, both today's and tomorrow's.

"Marc Scarbrough and Milton Wolf did a tremendous job in putting together this site. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak, and the HistoWeb is a terrific product. I am extremely proud of the effort put forth by both Marc and Milton"--Michael J. Werle, Ph.D.


Authors Milton Wolf & Marc Scarbrough
Faculty Directors Drs. Kuen-Shan Hung & Mike Werle
Editing & Academic Support Faculty Teaching Cell and Tissue Biology
Joseph Besharse, Ph.D., currently chair at the Medical College of Wisconsin
A.L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Robert De Lisle, Ph.D.
Dianne Durham, Ph.D.
George Enders, Ph.D.
Vincent Gattone, Ph.D.
Kuen-Shan Hung, Ph.D.
Joan Hunt, Ph.D.
Robert Klein, Ph.D.
Ron MacGregor, Ph.D.
Kathy Roby, Ph.D.
Peggy Sellner, Ph.D.
Mike Werle, Ph.D.

Photomicrography Marc Scarbrough & Milton Wolf
Photography Support & Equipment Mike Werle
Additional Photography & Editing Mike Werle
Additional Images Drs. George Enders, Joan Hunt, Kuen-Shan Hung, Vincent Gattone, Mike Werle, Peggy Selner, Dianne Durham, Robert Klein
Image Digitilization James Fishback, MD
Financial Support Primary Care Physicians Education Grant and The Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Tissue Slide Preparation Airlean Bowls & Rosetta Barkley
Web Support Cheryl Scheer & Amy Moors
Technical Support Charles Rezak
CD Graphics Karen Chinn


Tissue slides were supplied by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Images were obtained by Marc Scarbrough & Milton Wolf with a Zeiss Axioskop microscope equipped with an MC-80 automatic 35mm camera attachment. The objectives used were:

Images were captured onto Kodak Ektachrome Daylight slide film (ASA 64). Additional images were supplied by the faculty teaching Anatomy 830 Cell & Tissue Biology. The slides were digitized with a Nikon CoolScan LS-1000 at 600 dpi and ultimately stored as JPEGs. Images were digitally enhanced using Photoshop 3.0 software.