Advances of recent years have greatly helped
towards our understanding of Hydatid disease; there
are, however, still some aspects of the condition that
require further study, before we can hope for a reduction
of the mortality, or still better, the total eradication
of the disease.
Hydatid disease is comparatively rare in this
country, but in certain parts of the world it is responsible
for many deaths and much disability.
A series of cases occurring in the sheep farming
area of the English Lake district, impress on one, the
necessity for a more serious consideration of the disease
and for a more thorough preventive measure.