There are two main branches of Pathology: Anatomic and Clinical.
Anatomic Pathology deals mainly with the study of the tissues (organs, muscle, supporting substances, etc) of the body, by direct visual observation, with or without a microscope. When tissues are taken from the body, it is the pathologist who examines it to determine the nature of the disease process. .
Anatomic Pathology includes:
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In addition to direct review and interpretation of body tissues within anatomic pathology, Pathologists also supervise the laboratory with the following services:
Clinical Pathology deals with the study of substances of the body other than that included under Anatomic Pathology. It is primarily concerned with the blood and other fluid components of the body, and their constituents.
Clinical Pathology is classically what is thought of as the "Laboratory". It includes:
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