Volume 46, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The Boston meeting of the Society was notable for many reasons. The Presidential Address by Dr. Scott Halstead will be remembered for its stimulous for a reevaluation of the mission of the Society and the importance of our potential contribution to the improvement of the health of people living in the developing tropics. This issue of the Journal opens with another highlight of the meeting — the Soper Lecture. Dr. Donald Hopkins provided yet another extension of the disease prevention and control concept through an intriguing discussion that reintroduced the concept of eradication as a potentially rational goal for some diseases. His lecture provided a detailed examination of three initiatives to reduce or eradicate helminthic diseases: the Onchocerciasis Control Program, the Dracunculiasis Eradication Program and a new effort to control schistosomiasis in school children in Ghana through mass chemotherapy. The text of Dr. Hopkins' comments is an interesting and exciting look at the possible in terms of progress in disease control, and is recommended reading for everyone with an interest in tropical medicine.


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