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The Venture 17 Division Of Education





Welcome to the Pathology Reference. This is an undergraduate level reference.

The study of Human Pathology, like Human Anatomy, is one of the pillars to a strong foundation in Medicine and its related Allied Health Disciplines.

Pathology is the study of disease and its processes. Studied in a precise technique, it is always an investigative science, exploring evidence based etiology, mechanisms of disease development (pathogenesis), structural alterations of cells and their biochemical processes (morphological changes), and the consequences of these changes (clinical manifestations).

The Conservatory teaches and tutors Pathology for students in Colorado Springs year-round, and offers an online course. This tool allows us to present this subject as an online textbook and learning module, available at no cost to our students. This is not only available as an assistant to the students we teach on campus, but is available to anyone wanting to increase their medical knowledge and competitive edge.

For you to be able to utilize our online course at no cost, you must sign in at We Teach College Students, and request this course. We will then add you to our roster and email access codes to you. 

Keep in mind that this is a large and concise text on the introduction to Pathology, with evidence based didactics, case studies, illustrations, web-links, and practice tests.

The Pathology Reference is an introduction to Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Below you will find our visual library with accompanying didactic discussions. The images and illustrations are arranged in a systems blended format. You may point and click to enlarge.

When any image is enlarged, you may move through the image library as a slide presentation. By using the blue arrows, you may advance and reverse in stop mode. By utilizing the white play button, you may pause to review and peruse as long as you prefer. When in play mode, the image bank is presented as a moving slide show.

Beginning with a short introduction, as well as Structure and Function, the library then moves into Biochemistry; Cells and Tissues; then Organ Systems and Mechanisms of Disease.

From here you will move through all body systems in this order:

The Integument

The Musculoskeletal System

The Central and Peripheral Nervous System

The Endocrine System

Blood and the Cardiovascular System

Lymphatics and the Respiratory System

Digestion, Nutrition, and Metabolism

Fluid, Electrolytes, and Acid-Base Physiology

Reproduction, Growth and Development


Additional online help is available at, and The Journal of Clinical Pathology.