Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the Histology course, students should possess knowledge of the structure of human cells and cellular aggregations, in their respective forms as tissues, multiple-tissue units and morpho-functional units, and they should be able to recognise them under an optical microscope. They should also be familiar with the principal morphological and biological features of human development.
Lastly, students have to show that they have acquired at least rudimental knowledge of the fundamental requisite of the art of medicine: a capacity for observation, and then describing what has been observed using appropriate language: and in this specific instance, what has been revealed by microscopic observation.
Course contents summary
Cytology: the living cell, general organisation of the protoplasm. The cell: properties, characteristics and general organisation. Methods of studying chemical cell composition, and properties of living matter. The outer layers of the cell. The cytoplasmic matrix and cellular organs. The nucleus. Histology: superficial and glandular epithelial tissue. Connective tissue, or more precisely, specialised connective tissue (cartilaginous tissue, osseous tissue). Smooth muscular tissue and striated muscular tissue. Nervous tissue. Blood. General considerations on haempoietic organs.
P. Govoni "Citologia Istologia" Ed. Santa Croce