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The Beauty of Pathology

Pathology and art – two disciplines which, to the lay person, may not seem to have much in common, but have an intrinsic link. Every day pathologists look at shapes and colors on slides. Aside from the very crucial diagnosis that this analysis delivers, it can also bring the artist out in a person, triggering a comparison of what they see through the microscope with a completely unrelated image or encouraging the picking up of a paintbrush. And it’s happening all around the world; pathologists are enjoying sharing their artistic observations and stunning images. Just look at the #PathArt hashtag on Twitter and prepare to be amazed.

In recognition of the artistic splendor of pathology, the European Society of Pathology (ESP) has been running art exhibitions since 2013 to tempt the inner artist out of pathologists. The next exhibition, organized by Sanja Milenkovic, Anna Batistatou and Dina Tiniakos, known as Art Paths, is due to take place at the 27th European Congress of Pathology in Serbia (September 5–9, 2015, Belgrade). And the society wants you to get involved. If you fancy yourself a budding artist or photographer, here’s your opportunity to show off that talent.

For entry submissions to be considered for the exhibition entitled "The soul of laboratory life", they must fall into one of two categories:

  • Dynamic expression – exclusive photos that show every day, interesting, funny, unusual scenes of laboratory life, or facial expressions of people from the lab.
  • Artistic expression – photos of creative works including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, mixed media, collage, pencil drawings, computer-generated images, and other media in which we can see realistic or imaginary laboratory life.

Here we present a small collection of past exhibit entries.

Interested? Go to to find out more.

Good luck!

“Sidi Abdelmoumen Saint's mausoleum near the city of Casablanca"

Description: Watercolor painting

Artist: Mariam Amrani, Rabat, Morocco


Description: Collage of digital histological and still images, printed on canvas and stretched on a wooden panel

Artist: Anna Batistatou, Ioannina, Greece

"Tityus-Esthetic Microscopic Transition EMT"

Description: Diptych including Michelangelo Buonarroti’s “Tityus”, artistic composition of histologic images of liver tissue, and watercolor

Artists: Dina Tiniakos, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK/Athens, Greece, and Maria Tiniakos, Athens, Greece

“Poppy cells”

Description: Collage of digital images, printed on canvas and stretched on a wooden panel

Artist: Anna Batistatou, Ioannina, Greece

"House in Ioannina"

Description: Acrylics on collage of digital images, printed on canvas and stretched on a wooden panel

Artist: Anna Batistatou, Ioannina, Greece

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After graduating with a pharmacology degree, I began my career in scientific publishing and communications. Now with more than 16 years of experience in this field, my career has seen me heading up editorial and writing teams at Datamonitor, Advanstar and KnowledgePoint360 group. My past experiences have taught me something very important – that you have to enjoy working with, and have respect for your colleagues. It’s this that drew me to Texere where I now work with old colleagues and new. Though we are a hugely diverse team, we share several things in common – a real desire to work hard to succeed, to be the best at what we do, never to settle for second best, and to have fun while we do it. I am now honored to serve as Editor of The Pathologist and Editorial Director of Texere Publishing.

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