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The Pathology Collection

The Wellcome Museum is now closed until 2020. The Wellcome Museum's pathology collection consists of over 4,000 specimens illustrating all the important branches of surgical pathology.

The pathology specimens are catalogued by the following groups, covering examples of malformations, injuries, vascular lesions, infections, primary and secondary tumours, and other sundry lesions when possible:

  • musculoskeletal system
  • alimentary system
  • female genital system
  • breast
  • male genital system
  • respiratory system
  • haemopoietic and lymphoreticular systems
  • cardiovascular system
  • urinary system
  • endocrine system
  • nervous system and special sense organs
  • integumentary system
  • pathology of gestation
  • teratology

A large number of the pathology specimens have associated histopathological slides and/or wax tissue blocks which can aid research.

We are unable to include many photographs of the collections on this website in order to respect the donors' wishes and anonymity. All photos on the website show only specimens that are more than 100 years old and therefore not covered by the HTA, or do not contain human tissue, ie corrosion casts.


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