A blueprint for studying diseases

We’re going to be talking about a LOT of diseases in this course – everything from mild skin infections to deadly brain cancers – and each disease has its own unique features that you’ll need to learn and remember.

This is a lot of information.

If no one helps you organize all of this information, then all you can do is plow through it and try to memorize as much as possible. That becomes frustrating very quickly. Plus, it’s a crappy method for retaining information. Your brain only holds that type of stuff in short-term memory until exam day – after that, it’s gone. Continue reading

Questions about the autopsy appearance of the heart after MI

Q. I just finished watching the lectures for today and I had a question about the part you talk about what happens to the heart after an MI. You talked about if someone dies from an MI and an autopsy was performed you would not see any signs until at least 4 hours after death. However, is this true for all the way up to weeks 3-8? To better clarify, do people who die from an MI still develop a scar 3-8 weeks after passing or is this just for people who survive a MI? That would be crazy if our bodies still did this after we passed. Continue reading