Human Tissue Histology

What does a pathologist see under the microscope?

Microscope objectives with slide

Where is the tissue on the slide? Photo by Sven Hoppe,

One of the most difficult sessions of human anatomy lab for beginning students is learning to identify body tissues under the microscope.

First, just finding the tissue in the viewer of the microscope is a challenge.

Would it not be nice to have your own personal pathologist to explain what you are supposed to be seeing?

Well this is available on YouTube from a group called Shotgun Pathology. Dr. John Minarcik has produced over 800 short videos decribing human tissue in detail. Below are links to those of his videos that I think will be most helpful to human anatomy students.

* Elastic Cartilage [1:59 minutes]

* Hyaline Cartilage [4:26 minutes]

* Fibro-cartilage [1:59 minutes]

* Dense Regular Connective tissue [2:22 minutes]

* Areolar Connective Tissue [5:45 minutes]

* Adipose Tissue [3:15 minutes]

* Spongy Bone [4:06 minutes]

* Dense Bone [6:11 minutes]

* Bone Marrow [2.38 minutes]

* Three Muscle Types [6:20 minutes]

* Heart Endo-, Peri-, Epicardium [2:29]

* Heart Purkinje Fibers [1:39 minutes]

* Nerve Fiber [2:49 minutes]

* Thin Skin [9:58 minutes]

* Neurovascular Bundle [3:43 minutes]

* Lung [6:55 minutes]

* Trachea [5:11 minutes]

* Kidney [9:01 minutes]

* Liver [6:43 minutes]

As you work with this section of your laboratory class you may also want to read Memory, Patterns, and Themes in Anatomy & Physiology.

If you would like to learn more about medical pathology, Dr. Minarcik has a Free Online Global Medical School Pathology Course beginning August 5, 2014. Check it out here. It is an American Medical School level course for third year medical students.

I think this would be a great opportunity for anyone who is in medical school, or who just wants to know more about human tissues – healthy and diseased. The course has no exams, no grades, and no tuition – it is strictly a fine learning opportunity.  Even if you read this after the start date, you can still join the course because all the sessions are recorded and can be either downloaded to your computer or viewed by streaming at your convenience.

I have no business affiliation with Dr. Minarcik.  I stumbled upon his material as I was searching YouTube for videos on human tissue histology. Some years ago when I worked in academic medicine and I needed to understand histology of a tissue, I always talked a pathologist into spending a little time with me at the double headed microscope.

On YouTube Dr. Minarcik does this for everyone for FREE.

If you find this page helpful please tell your friends in the class and on social media about. There are links to the social media of your choice below.


Human Tissue Histology — 9 Comments

  1. Just strolled on your website. Thank you for the invite but I will be surfing here late next year for I will be busy studying for my Diplomate Examination in Pathology. Again thank for your invite hope to hear from you too. :)

    • Best of luck with your Diplomate Examination in Pathology. Come back here and stroll around anytime. I should have a lot more good material up by next year.

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  3. Thank you for an invitation to your website as well as for giving your freshly published book for free download on Amazon! That is a really incredible opportunity to gain some brand new, fresh scientific information from the first hands. It helped me a lot in my physiology, pathology and other courses, because it gave different view of the subject than textbooks we use and it helped me to settle and broaden my knowledge. Thank you for your time and work!

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