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We wish to apologize for unintentionally overlooking a previous work by Bellina and Missoni from 2011 (1) that appears to be the first detailed description of free-hand smartphone microscopic photography without an adapter. We were just recently made aware of this publication. We did not identify this previous publication on our previous literature searches, as this paper uses the term "m-phone" instead of the universally understood term "smartphone," and because this paper is not indexed in PubMed. It appears we were not alone in our oversight, as no other paper discussing smartphone microscopic photography in the pathology literature has cited it either. As we were unaware of this article when we published our previous papers on this topic in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, (2-3) we unintentionally made the erroneous claim that Dr. Morrison's technique was the first detailed description of free-hand, no-adapter microscopic photography in the literature. We were mistaken. The paternity of that first detailed description belongs solely to Professors Bellina and Missoni. The method described by these authors, which is similar but not identical to the Morrison technique, predates our publication by several years. We hope this erratum will help ensure that their work is discovered by other pathologists and appropriately cited in future publications on this topic.

Annie O. Morrison, MD

Cockerell Dermatopathology, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas

Jerad M. Gardner, MD

Department of Pathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock

(1.) Bellina L, Missoni E. M-learning: mobile phones' appropriateness and potential for the training of laboratory technicians in limited-resource settings. Health Technol. 2011; 1:93-97.

(2.) Morrison AS, Gardner JM. Smart phone microscopic photography: a novel tool for physicians and trainees. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2014; 138(8):1002.

(3.) Morrison AO, Gardner JM. Microscopic image photography techniques of the past, present, and future. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2015; 139(12):1558-1564.

doi: 10.5858/arpa.2016-0903-CO

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Author:Morrison, Annie O.; Gardner, Jerad M.
Publication:Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
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Date:Jul 1, 2016
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