Welcome to General Pathology!

Hi everyone! I’m super excited to have another class with you! We had a brief introduction to the course on Wednesday of last week – but here’s a little more in-depth information about the course so you have some idea of what to expect.

Pathology is usually described as the study of disease, and that’s a good working definition. But actually, the word “pathology” is derived from the Greek pathos, which is variously translated as suffering, emotion, calamity, or just anything that arouses sorrow or pity. That’s pretty appropriate, since diseases tend to bring about suffering and sorrow. In our course, we’ll stick to the first definition, and keep our focus on diseases. And I’ll do my best to make sure that the course itself doesn’t cause you any suffering or sorrow!

General Pathology (DDS 6253) and Systemic Pathology (DDS 6254) are technically two separate courses – but they are really quite similar in their structure and format, so that’s why they both share this website. General Pathology covers basic, introductory pathology topics like inflammation, cell injury, and neoplasia. You need to know about these topics so that you can make sense out of Systemic Pathology, which covers diseases by organ system (everything but the oral cavity) and Oral Pathology (which is self-explanatory).

This website will feel familiar to you because it’s pretty similar to our General Histology and Oral Histology websites. It’s divided into General Pathology and Systemic Pathology (each course has its own dropdown menu above), and the page structure will look familiar:

  • Home: course updates and random interesting stuff I think you might like
  • Lectures: course schedule and lecture recordings
  • About: course info (grading etc.) and syllabus
  • Crosswords
  • Kahoots

Okay – I think that about does it! Whew. If you have any questions, or just want to talk, please feel free to email me any time.

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