Pathology learning centre

In the pathology teaching collection there are 3500 specimens organised by system or organ (for example heart, kidneys, breast), and then by disease process (for example congenital anomalies , infections, neoplasms). These specimens are from autopsies or surgical cases, mostly from Groote Schuur Hospital. Several hundred more specimens are waiting to be catalogued and new specimens trickle in where there is consent. The specimens have generally been chosen because they fall into two general groups; they are either "classic cases" i.e. good type examples of a condition, or, they are unusual variants of a condition or extremely rare conditions. The collection shows the changing patterns of disease over almost a century, where some diseases have almost disappeared (such as tertiary syphilis) and new diseases have emerged (such as AIDS).