1) Studies nature, cause, and development of diseases, and structural and functional changes caused by them: Diagnoses, from body tissue, fluids, secretions, and other specimens, presence and stage of disease, utilizing laboratory procedures.
2) Acts as consultant to other medical practitioners.
3) Performs autopsies to determine nature and extent of disease, cause of death, and effects of treatment.
4) May direct activities of pathology department in medical school, hospital, clinic, medical examiner's office, or research institute.
5) May be designated according to specialty as Clinical Pathologist; Forensic Pathologist; Neuropathologist; Surgical Pathologist.
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