Principle and Practice of Human Pathology

Artistic rendition of a kidney glomerulus.

An artistic rendition of a normal kidney glomerulus. (Image courtesy of Professor Kamran Badizadegan.)


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Spring 2003



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In addition to a detailed bibliography of readings, this course features a number of downloadable lecture notes and comprehensive descriptions of the minicases and labs portion of the course.

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of human pathology with emphasis on mechanisms of disease and diagnostic medicine. Topics include:

  • Cellular Mechanisms of Disease
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Pathology of Major Organ Systems
  • Review of Diagnostic Tools from Traditional Surgical Pathology to Diagnostic Spectroscopy
  • Functional and Molecular Imaging
  • Molecular Diagnostics

In addition to lectures, one of the two weekly sessions includes a 2-3 hour laboratory component. Periodically, time will also be devoted to minicases.


Prof. Jon Aster

Prof. Frederick Bieber

Prof. Carlo Brugnara

Prof. Robert B. Colvin

Prof. Christopher Crum

Prof. Douglas Dockery

Prof. Mel Feany

Prof. Michael Feld

Prof. Jonathan Fletcher

Prof. Michael Gimbrone

Prof. Todd Golub

Prof. Frank B. Hu

Prof. Donald Ingber

Prof. Hart Lidov

Prof. David Louis

Prof. Richard Mitchell

Prof. Fiona Murray

Prof. Mark Redston

Prof. Helmut Rennke

Prof. Bruce Rosen

Prof. Frederick Schoen

Prof. Christine Seidman

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Gary Tearney, and Kamran Badizadegan. HST.035 Principle and Practice of Human Pathology. Spring 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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