Histology, microscopy, anatomy and disease
Histology, microscopy, anatomy and disease

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Histology, microscopy, anatomy and disease

5 End-of-course summary

You have now reached the end of the course and, in this final week, we have introduced you to the concept of pathological changes in tissues, including infection, inflammation, cell death and degeneration, neoplasia and hyperplasia.

These biological processes occur individually and sometimes concurrently in normal tissues and in different diseases. Understanding the normal appearance and function of a tissue allows for the identification of potential abnormalities, which inform the diagnosis of disease.

This course has focused on several important tissues of the body and provided an overview of their structure and function. It has also introduced you to light microscopy and histology within the context of specific diseases.

In the video below David gives a summary of the course and suggests where to take your study of histology and histopathology next.

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We hope you've enjoyed this course introducing histology and histopathology. This is just an introduction to a huge area, but the skills that you have learned in microscopy and learning how to recognise different tissues in the abnormalities are key skills that are required for this subject area. The sections that we have shown you are just a small portion of the collection that we assembled for Jisc, who funded the development of the virtual microscope in these laboratories. In fact, this microscope here is the one that we used to produce all the sections that you have been looking at.
If you want to take your studies further, then you should go to the open science laboratory where you will find the entire slide collection that has been assembled for this. Good luck with it. And I hope you enjoy it further as you progress.
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