What is Pathology? ‘Medicine is Pathology’

Pathology is the branch of medicine that is involved in understanding the causes and processes of disease. It does this by looking at changes in the tissues of the body or in blood and other body fluids. Some of these changes show the causes of the disease, while others provide critical information for the doctor in the diagnosis and treatment of illness. These changes can often be used to reflect the severity of the disease, and are used to follow the effects of treatment. More »

The Disciplines of Pathology

At the present time, pathology has nine major areas of activity. These relate either to the methods used or the types of disease which they investigate. The disciplines are:


Medical & Scientific Organisations Involved in Pathology

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Case studies - The Role of Pathology in Our Lives

Case Study 1 - An example of prenatal and postnatal testing

Sarah and Steven are the proud parents of two week old Benjamin. This is their first child. Sarah’s pregnancy was relatively easy, but her gynaecologist requested a number of routine tests to be performed to ensure the health and well being of Sarah and her unborn baby. These tests were all performed by the pathology laboratory. More »