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Histologic Pathology in Year One

Emphasis throughout Year One is on normal histology.  Examples of pathologic histology are occasionally presented (often from the Webpath website) not to burden you with "extra" material but to reinforce your learning of the normal.

Therefore, when offered an example of some particular pathology, please do not try to memorize the details of the pathology.  Instead, ask yourself, "Do the words and images in this example make sense to me?  Can I recognize normal tissue structures, if present, and appreciate significant departures from normal?"  If not, what might you need to learn about normal histology?  

Although each problem case does involve a particular disease condition with specific pathological features, premature attention to case-specific details of histologic pathology may distract from comprehensive understanding.  This is particularly true when study time is limited, as it is throughout the year one curriculum.

Webpath, hosted by The University of Utah Eccles Health Sciences Library, offers a vast resource of materials related to pathology, including many micrographs of normal and pathological specimens.  Webpath images are occasionally cited in our Histology at SIU webpages, to illustrate clinical relevance for certain details of normal histology.

The following textbooks are recommended for further information on pathologic histology.

Milikowski & Berman, Color Atlas of Basic Histopathology (1997).
This is a picture-book, with minimal explanation, but it offers an excellent resource for images of particular pathologies.

Kumar, Abbas, & Fausto, Robbins & Cotran's Pathologic Basis of Disease, 7th ed. (2005).  The classic textbook for pathology.

Sternberg, Histology for Pathologists, 2nd ed. (1998).  An exceptionally detailed (and exceptionally thick) textbook of histology, with emphasis on normal structure.  Although this is a reference for specialists (as the title suggests), this text is a good source for answers to details which may not be found in any of the standard introductory textbooks.  (More recent editions are less satisfactory as resources for normal histology.)

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SIUC / School of Medicine / Anatomy / David King
Last updated:  4 November 2022 / dgk