Manchester Microscopical & Natural History Society


Below is a list of some books and references on current microscopy, microtechnique and quantitation in addition to our Library list.

  The new 'Bible' of light microscopy - hardback, over 800 detailed pages with superb images and diagrams.

Jeremy Sanderson (2019), Understanding Light Microscopy, RMS Wiley
Everything you need to know about polarising microscopy - including practical experiments - hardback, over 600 pages and numerous colour images.

John Gustav Delly (2017), Essentials of Polarized Light Microscopy and ancillary techniques, Hooke College



  • Berns MW (1998) Laser Scissors and Tweezers. Scientific American, 278 (4, April): 52-57.
  • Bradbury S. (1976) The optical microscope in biology. Arnold, London
  • Bradbury S. (1989) An Introduction to the optical microscope. RMS Publications #1. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Bradbury S & Evennett P (1996) Contrast Techniques in Light Microscopy. RMS Hnadbook 34. Bios Scientific, Oxford.
  • Bracegirdle B (2010) A history of photography with the light microscope. Quekett, London
  • Brotchie D, Davies I, Ireland G, Mahon M (1995) Dual channel laser scanning microscopy for the identification and quantification of proliferating skeletal muscle satellite cells following synergist ablation. Journal of Anatomy 186, 97-102
  • Ford BJ (1985) Single lens. The story of the simple microscope. Harper & Row, New York.
  • Ford BJ (1998) The Earliest Views. Scientific American, 278 (4, April): 42-45.
  • Hartley WG (1979) Hartley's Microscopy. Scenico.
  • Hillman & Sartory (1980) The Living Cell. Re-examination of its fine structure. Packard, Lond.
  • Journal of Microscopy (1989) vol 155, pt 3. Various articles on the History of Microscopy by Turner, Bennett, Bradbury, Bracegirdle, Hartley, Mulvey, Howie et al.
  • Lacey AJ (1989) Light microscopy in biology: a practical approach. IRL Press, Oxford
  • Meek GA & Elder HY (1977) Analystical and quantitative methods in microscopy. Society for Experimental Biology Seminar Series 3. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Ploem JS & Tanke HJ (1987) Introduction to fluorescence microscopy. RMS publications #10, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Pool R (2017) Pioneers and leaders in microscopy. Wiley
  • Rawlins DJ (1992) Light Microscopy. Bios Scientific, Oxford.
  • RMS Dictionary of Light Microscopy (1989) RMS Handbook 15, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Robinson PC & Bradbury S (1992) Qualitative Polarized-light Microscopy. RMS Hnadbook 9. Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Ruthmann A (1966, 1970) Methods in Cell Research. Bell, London
  • Thomson DJ & Bradbury S. (1987) An introduction to photomicrography. RMS Publications #13. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Sanderson J (2018) Understanding Light Microscopy. RMS Handbook. Wiley.
  • Sheppard C & Shotton D (1997) Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy. RMS Handbook 35, Bios Scientific, Oxford.
  • Shotton DM (1988) Video-enhanced light microscopy and its applications in cell biology. J Cell Sci. 89,pt2 129-150.
  • White NS & Shotton DMS (1990) Confocal scanning microscopy: three-dimensional biological imaging. TIBS 14, 435-439
  • Woolnough L (2010) Understanding and using the Stereomicroscope. Quekett Microscopical Club.
  • Worvill R & Robinson BH (1971) How it works.. The Telescope & Microscope. Ladybird Books, Loughborough.


  • Baker JRJ (1989) Autoradiography: A comprehensive overview. RMS Handbook 18, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Bancroft J D & Stevens A (1982) Theory & Practice of histological technique. Churchill Livingstone,
  • Beesley JE (1989) Colloidal Gold: a new perspective for cytochemical marking. RMS Publications #17, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Bracegirdle B (1987) A history of microtechnique.
  • Brooks SA , Leathem AJC, Schumacher U (1996) Lectin Histochemistry, RMS Handbook 36. Bios Scientific, Oxford.
  • Drury RAB & Wallington EA (1980) Carleton's Histological Technique 5th ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Gu J (1997) Analytical Morphology: Theory, Applications & Protocols. Eaton Publishing, Natick, USA.
  • Hofler H, Putz B, Mueller JD, Neubert W, Sutter G, Gais P (1995) Methods in laboratory investigation: In situ amplification of measles virus RNA by the self-sustained sequence replication reaction (3SR). Lab Invest 73 , 577-585.
  • Horobin R (1982) Histochemistry. Fischer, Stuttgart.
  • Leitch AR et al (1994) In situ Hybridization. RMS Handbook 27. Bios Scientific, Oxford.
  • Polak JM & Van Noorden S (1987) An introduction to immunocytochemistry: current techniques and problems. RMS Publications #11, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Polak JM & McGee JOD (1990) In Situ Hybridization: Principles & Practice. OUP, Oxford
  • Sanderson JB (1994) Biological Microtechnique. RMS Handbook 28, Bios Scientific, Oxford.
  • Stoward PJ & Pearse AGE eds (1992) Histochemistry: Theoretical & Applied, 4th ed. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
  • Stoward PJ (1973) Fixation in Histochemistry. Chapman & Hall, London.
  • Sumner BEH (1988) Basic Histochemistry. Wiley, Chichester


  • Aherne WA & Dunnill MS (1982) Morphometry. Arnold, London.
  • Bedi KS (1987) A simple method of measuring the thickness of semi-thin and ultra-thin sections. Journal of Microscopy, 148107-111.
  • Bradbury S. (1991) Basic measurement techniques for light microscopy. RMS Publications #23. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Russ JC (1990) Computer-Assisted Microscopy: The measurement and analysis of images.   Plenum Press, New York.
  • Sharma AK (1996) Morphometry: Applications to medical Sciences. Macmilan India, Delhi.
  • Steer MW (1981) Understanding Cell Structure. Cambridge University Press.
  • Weibel ER (1963) Morphometry of the Human Lung. Spriger-Verlag, Heidelberg
  • Weibel ER (1979) Stereological methods. Vols 1 & 2. Academic Press, London Edinburgh.
  • Weibel ER (1984) The pathway for oxygen. Structure and function in the mammalian respiratory system. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Mass.
  • Williams MA (1977) Quantitative methods in biology (Practical methods in Electron Microscopy; 6 pt1 ed AM Glauert). North-Holland, Amsterdam.
  • Design Based Methods
  • Cruz-Orive L-M (1990) Recent stereological methods for cell biology: a brief survey. American Journal of Physiology, 258, L148-156.
  • Gunderson HJG et al (1988) The new stereological tools: disector, fractionator and point-sampled intercepts and their use in pathological research. Acta Pathologica et Microbiologica Scandinavica, 96, 857-881.
  • Howard CV, Reed MG (1998) Unbiased Stereology:  Three-Dimensional Measurement in Microscopy. RMs Handbook 41. Bios Scientific, Oxford.
  • Mayhew TM & Gunderson HJG (1996) 'If you assume, you can make an ass out of u and me': a decade of the disector for stereological counting of particles in 3D space. Journal of Anatomy, 188, 1-15.
  • Pattern Analysis
  • Bartlett MS (1975) The Statistical Analysis of Spatial Pattern. Chapman & Hall, London.
  • Diggle PJ (1983) Statistical Analysis of Spatial Point Patterns. Academic Press, London.
  • Dormer KJ (1980) Fundamental Tissue Geometry for Biologists. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Ebdon D (1985) Statistics in Geography. 2nd ed. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Mahon M & Cumming WJK (1985)SPAM: Spatial pattern analysis of muscle in neuromuscular diseases. Neuropathology & Applied Neurobiology, 11, 74-75.
  • Mahon M, Kristmundsdottir F, Cumming WJK (1987) Spatial Pattern Analysis of Muscle (SPAM). Journal of Anatomy, 152, 229
  • Murray JD (1990) Mathematical Biology. Springer Verlag, Berlin.
  • Unwin D (1981) Introductory Spatial Analysis. Methuen, London.
  • Upton G & Fingleton B (1985) Spatial Pattern Analysis by Example. Vol 1 Point Pattern & Quantitative Data. Wiley, Chichester.
  • Image Analysis   Various Glasbey, Joyce Loeble, ..

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