When one realizes that 180 to 200 million people are afflicted with schistosomiasis, one should begin to appreciate that this can perhaps be called the world's most important parasitic plague. It is endemic in areas around the globe with isotherms of 20 to 35 C; this includes Africa, China, Japan, the Philippines, South America, and several islands in the Carribean Sea. Because of the global importance of schistosomiasis, several symposia have been held and bibliographies written. The recent one, organized by Dr. F. K. Mostofi, was sponsored by the Fifth International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology, held at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, in June 1964. There were 47 active participants, contributing 28 articles dealing with various aspects of the disease.
The aim of the symposium is to provide broad coverage including the functional and structural changes in patients with the disease and the role of parasites