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040108A General Pathology, 3.5-5 ECTS cr 
Code 040108A  Validity 01.08.2014 -
Name General Pathology  Abbreviation General Patholo 
Scope3.5-5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline5401 Medicine 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Medicine 

Karttunen, Tuomo Juhani 

ECTS Credits  4,5 op 
Timing  C3 (DC3) 
Learning outcomes 

Upon completion the student should know the basic mechanisms of diseases (etiology and pathogenesis), their basic morphological, functional and clinical characteristics, and terminology related with diseases. The student should be able to recognize the most common macroscopical and microscopical features of diseases and be able to reason the relationship between these features of the diseases and their symptoms and other clinical manifestations.


Cellular adaptation; cell and tissue injury; genetic and environmental causes of diseases; infections and immunological mechanisms in disease; inflammation; healing; disorders of fluid balance and circulation; basic pathology of neoplastic diseases; basics of medical post-mortem investigation.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 23 hours, practicals 33 hours. Self study. Written examination 3 hours.

Target group 

Medical and dental students.

Recommended or required reading 

Books:Underwood JCE: General and systematic pathology, 4 th ed. (2004; sections: Basic pathology and General disease mechanisms); or Kumar V. et al.: Robbins Basic Pathology, 8 th ed. (2007, or 7 th ed. 2003). Alternatives: Kumar et al.: Robbins and Cotran, Pathologic basis of disease, 7 th ed. (2005);  Rubin & Strayer; Rubin's Patho­logy (2005). In Finnish: lecture handouts; Guidebook for microscopy practicals; Guidebook for autopsy practicals.

Web-based material (in Finnish): target=_blank>

Assessment methods and criteria 

The course requirements include participation in the compulsory practicals and passing in the end-of-course examination.


The evaluation scale is 1-5/fail.

Person responsible  Professor Ari Ristimäki 

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