Histologic Pathology in Year One

Emphasis throughout this year is on normal histology.  Examples of pathologic histology are presented 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.

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 mini-tutorials.  

Virtual Slidebox of Histopathology (at the University of Iowa Department of Pathology) allows interactive viewing of many specimens.

The Pathguy (Dr. Ed Friedlander) offers nice introductory exercises.

Other histology links.

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.  

Comments and questions: dgking@siu.edu

SIUC / School of Medicine / Anatomy / David King

Last updated:  3 July 2006 / dgk