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Peer Review

Pathology of Drug Abuse



Overall Numeric Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: May 22, 2004 by Psychology
Overview: This site is just one of numerous sections of "The Internet
Pathology Laboratory For Medical Education," a medical web site containing over
1500 images and text along with laboratory exercises and tutorials that
demonstrate pathologic findings associated with human disease conditions.
"Pathology of Drug Abuse" is one of twenty tutorials that include text and
clickable images for viewing. It provides a brief overview of the effects of a
variety of drugs of abuse on the body. Pictures are provided to provide a visual
of the damage that occurs, where appropriate.

Type of Material: The site contains text with accompanying clickable images.
Recommended Uses: This site could be used to provide students with a visual of the damage that
drugs cause, as well as a general overview of the complications associated with
a variety of drugs of abuse.
Technical Requirements: None.
Identify Major Learning Goals: This site attempts to describe the effects that various drugs have on the human
body. Topics include: smoking, alcohol, intravenous drug abuse, cocaine,
methamphetamine, GHB, ecstasy, and anabolic-androgenic steroids. Most of the
topics covered include graphic images of cellular damage caused by drug abuse.
Target Student Population: The site is designed for use by college students and workers in health care
sciences studying pathology.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some prior study of human biology or human anatomy and physiology would be
helpful. Familiarity with both biological and medical terms is necessary to
comprehend all of the material provided.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The text is clear and concise. While the text is not comprehensive in its
coverage of the damage caused by drugs of abuse, it provides enough information
for the reader to develop a general understanding of the subject. The
accompanying images, both gross cross-sectional and microscopic, are excellent
and are not intended for the faint of heart.
Concerns: This is not intended for a general audience, thus some of the language is too
technical for the layperson.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: As a tutorial "Pathology Of Drug Abuse" is a highly effective teaching tool.
Anyone studying the effects of drug abuse on the human body will find the site
both informative and graphic.
Concerns: While references are given at the end of the tutorial, the inclusion of some
links to related resouces on the web might be worthwhile. The inclusion of
images of healthy organs would enhance the learning experience. Provision of
some sort of glossary would make the site more effective for audiences other
than the one for which it is intended.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is straight forward in its design and is easy to navigate. Images
appeared quickly with just one click of the mouse.
Concerns: None.

Other Issues and Comments:

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States