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Microscopical preparation of a tumour, England, 1833-1837

On this microscope slide is mounted a slice through a tumour which would have been studied under the microscope. It was prepared by Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866), a physician who was interested in the study of changes in the organs of the body caused by disease. This was known as morbid anatomy – now referred to histopathology. Hodgkin’s disease, a disease that affects the lymph tissues and spreads to the spleen and liver, is named after him.

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1981-2074 Pt2

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