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Pathologists are doctors who work in the medical laboratory. They examine cells, body fluids and tissue samples as they help diagnose and treat disease.

These "behind the scenes" doctors also may do autopsies to determine the cause of death.




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Source: American Board of Specialties

First published: 08/01/2004
Last updated: 05/12/2014

Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of care, Allina Health clinics; J Richard Sheely, MD, site lead, Allina Health Burnsville Clinic