Post written by Erin K Costello.
About six months ago I came across this comment in a thread about vaccinations. I asked the OP if I could copy the comment to save and use for future use. He told me yes, however I never took note of his name. Here is the comment:
"Ok, let me break it down:
You start off learning physics chemistry and biology. Physics shows you how individual subatomic particles work and interact. Chemistry shows you how these interactions between particles result in chemical reactions and explains the rules these reactions follow. Biology shows you how these reactions work together to allow a cell to function it also goes into how groups of cells can talk to tech other chemically and form tissues.
Next come biochemistry, molecular cell biology, organic chemistry, genetics, microbiology and histology. Biochemistry focuses on those reactions most important to life, while organic chemistry gives you more in depth knowledge of the rules that those reactions are governed by, building on what you learned in physics. Molecular cell biology focuses on all of the interactions within a single cell. Genetics is self explanatory, how DNA and genes work which is covered in several of these other classes but here you stress every chemical and physical detail. Microbiology teaches you about microorganisms and their role in the environment as well as their internal chemistry. Histology takes what you learned about a single cell in biology and shows you how many cells working together can form a tissue and how tissues can form an organ.
From here we move on to: embryology anatomy, neuro-manatomy, physiology, and regulatory physiology. Embryology teaches us how we developed from fertilization onward and sets the stage for Anatomy which teaches you how the structures you learned about in embryology which are formed from the tissues you learned about in biology/histology function together physically and on a macro level. Neuroanatomy is the same thing as anatomy but given the complexity of the nervous system is a whole class in it's own right. Physiology teaches how those organs communicate and interact on a chemical level drawing from all the chemistry knowledge you now have and regulatory physiology specifically focuses on the signaling pathways that are most important.
Ok so NOW you start learning actual medicine: pathology, pharmacology, clinical systems: pathology takes what you learned about anatomy and histology and how things work and starts to show you what happens if things in those systems start going wrong. It builds on what you learned in microbiology and genetics as well. This is where you learn about infectious bacteria, virus and prions, autoimmune disease, genetic disorders, metabolic disease and all manner of other ailments. You learn the inner chemical and physical workings of these diseases and how they effect the body function. Pharmacology teaches you how introduction of particular chemicals to the body can either increase or decrease the activity of the pathways you learned about in physiology. You learn that it is impossible to introduce a new chemical pathway to the body, only modify the functions of the ones that are there. Pretty much all pharmaceuticals are based on this notion. Finally in clinical systems you learn how to piece Anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology together with your physical exam (physical exam is another class) to look at a patient and interpret what you see and combine it with the data from lab tests to synthesize a diagnosis and provide the proper treatment.
After you have mastered all of that, congratulations you still have two more years of medical school to go, rotating in hospitals to get practical experience before going into a residency for 3-10 years to get further training in a specialty."
Now do you understand why I think your "well researched" opinion which was formed from a week of google searches is total bullshit?