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December 1963


Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):1003. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060215045

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The centenary of the death of Theodore Maximilian Bilharz provided the stimulus for holding in Cairo, where he died in 1862, at least two symposia on the disease named after him, and this volume is an account of that held under the auspices of the Ciba Foundation. Some 26 persons took part, all distinguished by their contributions to this field. The range of subjects was wide and well chosen, including papers on the prevalence of the disease, its vectors, epidemiology, clinical aspects, pathogenesis and nutritional aspects, treatment, and control.

In opening the symposium Prof A. H. Mousa wisely pointed to the main reason for present anxiety concerning bilharziasis in referring to work which has indicated that after introduction of irrigation schemes essential to the development of much of Egypt, and other countries in endemic zones, the consequent increase in the disease has been followed by deterioration in health and productivity

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