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Pathology: Welcome

Resources for those studying pathology.

Finding Ebooks and Ejournals

The best way to find Ebooks is with the Medical Ebooks Search.  There are subject sets for public health and for epidemiology, so start by picking the one most likely to contain your topic, or search by typing a keyword in the box.  

You can also search in the library catalog, click the "Library Search" tab, enter your keyword, and use the filters to narrow the results to certain campus locations, or to electronic resources.

Find the Ejournals by searching for a word in the name of the journal (not by the title of an article). Consider related terms that might be useful.  To narrow your retrieval, choose more specific terms; to broaden your search, think of umbrella terms that are on topic but less specific. Remember, you are only searching the name of the journal, not for individual articles (see PubMed for that).

History of Pathology

The birth of the discipline of pathology in the modern conception of the term took place in Renaissance Italy.  As Perez-Tamayo pointed out in his evocative biography of the "ten giants" of pathology, the beginning of pathology coincided with that of the most memorable cultural revolution in Western civilization.  It was then and there that physicians began systematically to perform autopsies on the patients they had treated and to incorporate the results into the "final summary" they dutifully submitted to the patient's relatives.  Thus, Bernardo Torni, a Florentine physician, wrote in or around 1490 to one of his illustrious patrons: "Magnificent Praetor: I suffer from your misfortunes.  It is sad indeed to lose your progeny, especially from a disease not yet clearly understood by physicians.  However, I believe that my having examined his organs at autopsy will be of great benefit to your other sons.  Therefore, i will now describe to you, as briefly as possible, our findings and conclusions, and I will not hesitate to suggest some measures which i believe will be beneficial to them."  He then proceeded to document the findings and their implications for the patient and his family and to provide bibliographic documentation for his conclusions.

Read more about the history of pathology in Juan Rosai's article in the American Journal of Pathology

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