Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What does a pathologist do?

I was thinkin bout being a pathologist when i'm older but i'm not really sure wot the work involves.
If you are one or know much bout them plz answer back
So far the answers you've had don't go into much detail, so here we go.... A pathologist is a trained doctor that investigates the cause of a death. There are different specialities - histopathologist, neuropathologist, etc (specialising in their said prefix). A general hospital pathologist mainly involves dealing with dead people, autopsies, pathological slides, etc. You need to be trained in surgery as you will need to be able to dissect bodies. It is tough training for all specialities but when you get to medical school(or already are!), do attend an autopsy when the opportunity arises. I did and it confirmed that it is what I want to do.
does test with urine and blood normally and find results for pregnancy etc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/pathologist...That should explain it.
A pathologist is a medical doctor. However, they do not see patients except in medical school and initial training. They examine all types of tissue under the microscope for examination including disease, cancer, inflammation, etc. If you don't wish to be an MD, there is something else similar called a medical technologist. This requires a bachelor's degree and a lot of chemistry and biology, but at least it isn't over 10 years of college.
isnt it a scientist that specialises in the science of paths?
a pathologist studies diagnosis they test blood and urine to check what disease you have
evaluates blood smears on slides to deterimne infection or pathoology (like leukemia or malaria...)
examines frozen sections (tissue frozen, cut very thin and stained) while the patient is in surgery to possible diagnose a cancer
autopsies if the patient dies while in the hospital (or assists the ME in doing one)
evaluates limbs and tissues removed during surgery to determine the cause of disease
google "Quincy"
Pathology: The study of disease. Pathology has been defined as "that branch of medicine which treats of the essential nature of disease." The word "pathology" comes from the Greek words "pathos" meaning "disease" and "logos" meaning "a treatise" = a treatise of disease. The word "pathology" is sometimes misused to mean disease as, for example, "he didn't find any pathology" (meaning he found no evidence of disease). A medical doctor that specializes in pathology is called a pathologist. Pathologists are experts at interpreting microscopic views of body tissues.
they collect samples from a patient and examine the microorganisms in it which will lead to a diagnosis

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