Volume 15, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Scientific congress embracing the entire spectrum of knowledge should be avoided more and more. One such congress was convened in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1949, for the specific and worthy purpose of launching the Scientific Council for Africa. The trend in Africa as elsewhere has been for specialized symposia gathering fewer and closer to each other scientists.

The reasons for convening as late as 1963 in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia, (now ZAMBIA) a Central African Scientific and Medical Congress are not too clearly indicated except that it followed a 1960 Federal (Rhodesia and Nyassaland) Scientific Congress and that it was held in Lusaka at the time of the Golden Jubilee of the city and in the new College of Adult Education.

records the proceedings of the Congress under a very misleading title. Out of a total of 83 subjects only 23 are medical, 14 of which are not relevant to tropical or geographical medicine.


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