What is Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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Google Pathology and you will find it defined as the precise study and diagnosis of disease. The word is from Ancient Greek, pathos which may be translated into English as either experience or suffering.

Pathology is the medical specialty concerned with the study of the nature and causes of diseases. It underpins every aspect of medicine, from diagnostic testing and monitoring of chronic diseases to cutting-edge genetic research and blood transfusion technologies.

Pathology plays a vital role across all facets of medicine throughout our lives, from pre-conception to post mortem. In fact it has been said that “Medicine IS Pathology”.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Western University is one of 20 departments within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is unique within the School as it is the only combined basic science and clinical department. The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine provides state-of-the-art diagnostic pathology services while achieving excellence in pathology research and education. Members of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine strive to provide a quality work environment that fosters unity, respect for diversity, teamwork and professional growth. We are committed to serve our: Patients, Students, Society, and our Scientific Research and Healthcare Partners.