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Pathology 

Pathology
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Pathology
DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199681907.003.0028
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date: 13 July 2020

Pathology is the scientific study of disease, while clinical pathology is about integrating the morphological, biochemical, and molecular analyses with the clinical information provided to achieve a definite diagnosis. Its major subdivisions include histopathology, cytopathology, haematopathology, chemical pathology, and medical microbiology. Other disciplines include medical genetics, immunology, virology, toxicology, and forensic pathology. Histopathology involves studying tissue, such as biopsy specimens, to make a diagnosis, most commonly in the diagnosis of cancer and the chapter discusses grading and staging of cancers. The chapter also covers UK screening programmes for cervical, breast, and colon cancer. Haematological, skin, and cell specimens are also discussed, alongside other methods such as immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. Forensic pathology and criteria for referring a death to the coroner are also covered.

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