In these web-pages you will find extensively hyper-linked notes and images summarizing the basics of tissue organization in the human body. The organization of this material follows the organization of the SIU School of Medicine Year One Curriculum.
Caveat (source of images): Although the principal subject of these webpages is human histology, many images illustrate specimens from other species. These images are representative of mammalian histology generally (including human), although some details may depart from the human condition. The source for most micrographs is a decades-old collection of commercially-prepared slides (mostly purchased from Turtox); some of these tissue specimens come from non-human mammals.
These notes are an ancillary resource, NOT a substitute for textbooks or for time spent studying real specimens with a microscope. If you use this on-line study aid, please refer to your textbooks and atlases for richer, more detailed information.
- Rhodin's An Atlas of Histology (in the MRC) is an essential resource, since this website does not include electron micrographs.
Also available online, Rhodin's An Atlas of Histology.
This histology resource is divided into four major blocks (see top of this page).
- The INTRO block provides basic essentials for further understanding.
- The remaining three blocks offer material specific to the three curricular units -- CRR, SSB, and ERG.
- The HISTO HOME page provides links to each unit.
- Each unit opens with an index page.
- Each index page links to Study Guides for particular topics.
- Highlighted keywords link to definitions, explanations, or examples.
- Extensive cross-links allow access to the same basic information from several different directions.
- Thumbnail images (see example at right) are links to larger, labelled images with additional notes. (To browse images, see the image index.)
- Some limited self-assessment materials are available.