From Microscopes to Virtual Reality Ã¢ÂÂ How Our Teaching of Histology is ChangingMichael Hortsch*
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Michael Hortsch
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan, 109 Zina Pitcher Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2200, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: June 26, 2013; Accepted Date: July 01, 2013; Published Date: July 03, 2013
Citation: Hortsch M (2013) From Microscopes to Virtual Reality – How Our Teaching of Histology is Changing. J Cytol Histol 4:e108. doi:10.4172/2157-7099.1000e108
Copyright: © 2013 Hortsch M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
For a long time, histology has been a well-established, fundamental part of many biomedical curricula. As it provides a bridge from the macroscopic field of gross anatomy to the molecular sciences such as biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology, histology constitutes a central link between the visible and the submicroscopic dimension. In addition, by contrasting normal tissue structures and functions with changes seen under disease conditions it serves as a gateway to pathology. Histology as a scientific field and as an educational subject has always relied on technology, initially the introductions of reliable, high-quality light microscopes about 150 years ago. This enabled students and researchers to analyze tissues and cell structures at an increasingly smaller scale.