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Pathology: A Career in Medicine Brochure

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Anatomic Pathology

Whenever tissue is removed from the body, it must be examined to determine the precise cause of the illness that prompted its removal. Microscopic analysis of tissue changes is the focus of anatomic pathology. Within the general practice of anatomic pathology are subspecialty areas including surgical pathology, neuropathology, cytopathology, autopsy pathology and forensic medicine. Pathologists in community hospitals often practice in most of these subspecialty areas. Pathologists in academic medical centers may subspecialize in only one area, and sometimes in a specific organ system.