History of Schistosomiasis


The history of schistosomiasis (infection with species of blood flukes or flatworms of the genus Schistosoma) is concerned with initial clinical descriptions of the urinary form of the disease; recognition of the aetiology of schistosome worms; discovery of snails as intermediate hosts and completing the life cycle; realization that different worms cause different forms of disease; measures to control and treat the disease.

Keywords: blood fluke; schistosome; snail; irrigation

Further Reading

Adamson PB (1976) Schistosomiasis in antiquity. Medical History 20: 176–188.

Farley J (1991) Bilharzia: A History of Imperial Tropical Medicine. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hartwig G and Patterson KD (1984) Schistosomiasis in Twentieth Century Africa: Historical Studies on West Africa and Sudan. Los Angeles: Crossroads Press.

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Power, Helen Joy(Apr 2001) History of Schistosomiasis. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003583]