Successful and productive careers in the healthcare professions are the result of an interconnected educational process. An understanding of basic science is greatly enhanced by considering it within an appropriate clinical context, and, conversely, a successful diagnosis requires an understanding of how disease has altered the structure and function of the normal body. Recognition of this interconnectedness has been an important consideration in the development of this book. A variety of issues have influenced the educational playing field in recent years. These include (1) a changing population of basic biomedical instructors, (2) pressures for premedical and medical education curriculum change, and (3) the compelling need to integrate basic science courses with clinical medicine. The latter point is especially important. Even as curricula are being revised, there is a clear expectation that the clinical relevance of basic science information should be emphasized. Clinical correlations, when appropriately integrated, result in a more effective learning experience, which promotes the understanding of the relationships between the normal and the abnormal as well as between the healthy state and the diseased state. Clinical correlations also facilitate learning clinical concepts and enhance students’ understanding of basic science information, especially as they relate to their specific career objectives. The goal of Atlas of Histology with Functional and Clinical Correlations is not only to provide a practical and useful source of fundamental information concerning basic histology but also to do so using an innovative approach that shows how tissues can be modified by a pathological process. This integrated approach emphasizes learning both normal structure and how the same tissues would appear in an abnormal state. Atlas of Histology with Functional and Clinical Correlation approach will provide a bridge for students between knowledge of basic histology and information that will directly contribute to their future understanding of clinical concepts. This “Atlas with Extras” functions much like a combination atlas and text. These “extras” consist of many structure and function correlations, expanded and informative figure descriptions, text boxes offering additional relevant information, the extensive use of clinical examples and their correlation with histological constructs, and relevant electron micrographs integrated throughout. Taken collectively, these features form a flexible educational tool that can be adapted to a wide variety of teaching and learning environments.
Atlas of Histology with Functional and Clinical Correlations comprises 21 chapters in 3 units: beginning with “Basic Principles of Cell Structure and Function” and then progressing to “Basic Tissues” and, finally, to “Organ Systems.” Using a proven-effective buildingblock approach, Atlas of Histology with Functional and Clinical Correlation book starts with an introduction to the cell using light and electron microscopic images—“visual definitions” of the terms that will be used throughout the book. The remaining chapters flow in a logical manner through increasingly more complex tissues and organs, illustrating the essentials in color photos and drawings (normal and abnormal) and in electron micrographs. The three general concepts that have been followed in this book are to arrange related information on facing pages; to emphasize the interrelation of structural, functional, and clinical information; and to use meaningful clinical examples. More specifically, the concepts informing the creation of this atlas are as follows. First, the figure numbers are color coded: Those for histological sections and for TEM and SEM are yellow, those for line drawings are highlighted in purple.
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