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Histologic Pathology in the ERG Unit

List of pathology links.

Emphasis throughout the ERG Unit is on normal histology.  Examples of pathologic histology are presented in this unit 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 these examples 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.

Laboratory (practical) evaluation in ERG histology shall emphasize recognition and interpretation of of normal tissue structure.  

Some pathological material may be presented in evaluation, and this may differ from that presented in cases.  However, you shall not be expected to identify any specific pathologies.  Rather, with any pathologic specimen you shall be expected simply to recognize normal tissue structures as well as significant departures from normal.

Click here for an index of the pathology examples cited in this study guide.

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

WebPath (Florida State University's Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education) offers a survey of general pathology, a collection of images organized by organ system, and several tutorials.  The tutorials relevant to this unit include inflammatory bowel disease, prostate, Pap smears, and breast cancer.

Virtual Slidebox of Histopathology (at the University of Iowa Department of Pathology) allows interactive viewing of many specimens.  This site provides examples only, not explanation.  Be advised that many pathologic specimens are difficult for beginners to interpret, although some are can be quite illuminating.

Other histology links.

Human Histology, 2nd ed. (1997), Stevens & Lowe.
This basic text is exceptional for its use of illustrative pathologies (in blue "boxes") to exemplify the clinical significance of tissue structure, without including excessive baggage.

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

Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease, 6th ed. (1999), Cotran, et al.
A classic textbook of pathology, which includes descriptions (but relatively few illustrations) of pathologic histology.

Histology for Pathologists (1998), Sternberg.
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.  

Comments and questions: dgking@siu.edu

SIUC / School of Medicine / Anatomy / David King

Last updated:  11 July 2003 / dgk