Tiny but mighty: Guess who am I?
How to cite this article: Shetty A. Tiny but mighty: Guess who am I ?. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol doi: 10.25259/IJDVL_180_2022
I am a tiny bit of skin looking not so great;
The inquisitive dermatologist no more can wait,
Gently drills a hole and squeezes me out;
To the lab swimming in a pool of formalin I’m got,
Wrapped in a filter paper, inside a cassette I rest;
As baths of xylene, acetone and alcohol for hours I get,
Armored by wax so white makes me overly hard;
As thin slices of me are cut I better be on guard!
And Lo! I’m delighted to see my make up in pink and blue;
Coz it is only now that I can give the pathologist some clue,
As he puts me under his microscope my fate to decide;
‘You’re a tough nut to crack’ saying he puts me aside,
But referring books and literature he will never cease;
Soon patterns and findings in me he interprets with ease,
Tumors, cysts, inflammations & infections within me one can see,
An endless list of lesions is what I can be!
Intricate, yet decisive at times;
Leaving the doctor confused sometimes,
Here to stay for many more years
I’m but a smidgen of punch biopsy my dears!
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