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H & E stained photomicrograph of acute inflammation response 5 hours after injury. Herbeden node of osteoarthritis within the terminal phalanges of the finger. H & E stained photomicrograph of reactive chondroid metaplasia. (Images courtesy of M. Kahn, DDS, 2007.)
Highlights of this Course

This course, Basic Human Pathology, includes the teaching of both general and systemic (organs) pathology. It provides a basis for other Tufts Dental School courses such as Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral Diagnosis, Medicine II/III, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and other clinical science courses. It is a transition course between the other basic science courses and the clinical sciences of dentistry. Not only does it serve as a foundation course, its knowledge base will also aid in the understanding of managing patients with complex medical histories, particularly now that patients are living longer and continue to seek regular dental care.

Course Description

Basic Human Pathology (BHP) is divided into two parts.  Part I, general pathology, refers to the study of basic pathology processes that underlie all disease such as cellular pathology, inflammation and repair, fluid and hemodynamic derangements, neoplasias, and the study  of genetic immunologic, metabolic and deficiency, infections, environmental, pediatric and geriatric diseases.  Part II, systems pathology, refers to the study of diseases affecting specific organs and their systems such as cardiovasuclar; respiratory; ear, nose, throat; ophthalmic; alimentary tract including oral cavity; lymphoid and hemopoietic tissues; liver; pancreas and biliary tract; endocrine; urinary; male and female genital; nervous system; musculoskeletal; and integument.

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Course Faculty
Michael Kahn
Lynn W. Solomon
Course Length
64 Hours
2nd year