Hans Zinsser (November 17, – September 4, ) was an American physician, for Nonfiction voted by members of the American Booksellers Association. He is remembered especially for his book, Rats, Lice, and History. Rats, Lice and History by Hans Zinsser, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Available in: Paperback. When Rats, Lice and History appeared in , Hans Zinsser was a highly regarded Harvard biologist who had never.

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There was a problem with your submission. Rat fascinating how human history including the destruction and creation of great civilizations was influenced by epidemics of infectious diseases. Jun 29, Nancy rated it really liked it Recommended to Nancy by: Since I really, really love this book, I’m moving my review. Ostensibly, a “biography of typhus”, the disease is not directly tackled biographically until Chapter XII aftr side treks and apologies and then rushed through from the disease’s 15th Century emergence verifiably in the 15th Century.

RATS, LICE AND HISTORY by Hans Zinsser | Kirkus Reviews

Neither of them is the slightest earthly use to any other species of living things. They are utterly destructive of other forms of life. But beware, the first couple of chapters are very histoyr. The description of how “new” diseases arise is as true for AIDS as for typhus. Epidemiology, branch of medical science that studies the distribution of disease in human populations and the factors determining that distribution, chiefly by the use of statistics.


September 4, age 61 New York City. Some parts were unintentionally funny – the Philistines beating the Jewish in an ancient war by getting loce Gods to strike the Jews down with a plague. Continuously in print since its first publication lidewith The classic chronicle of the impact disease and plagues have had on history and society over the past half-millennium. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

Entertaining and fascinating read.

Hans Zinsser | American bacteriologist and epidemiologist |

This book made me want to become an epidemiologist. Contains the best footnote ever: I found it fascinating when he hypothesized that lice have only rather recently become infected with the rickettsia that is the parasite that makes them so virulent. To Zinsser, scientific research was high adventure and the investigation of infectious disease, a field of battle. Presidents of the American Society for Microbiology. Zinsser taught as an exchange professor and worked with the American Red Cross in France, Russia, Serbia and China, and was noted for his work in typhus and immunology.

The topic of typhus isn’t truly brought up until pageand doesn’t really start being addressed until page This is the precurser to “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” but it’s funnier.

We are now a budding Zinsser Appreciation Society. I started this book in a serious mood, expecting to be informed about the progression and history of a serious disease.


General Zinsder History Max Weber. Parshley, Nation -This book will surely be studied with great interest by the lay reader We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Apr 09, David rated it it was amazing. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Under certain conditions-to wash or to change clothing-lice proliferated.

From there, it flared with the fires of war on to a final subsidence after playing a pivotal role This bountifully discursive romp through a pestilential history was a histort enjoyable read. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Wood Albert Balows Frederick C. He was also awarded the Order of St. It has had a huge impact on the development of our society.

Internet URLs are the best. I especially enjoyed the preliminary chapters where the author discusses the relationship between art and science. Review quote -Zinsser’s account of lice and men remains a delight.

Man and the rat are utterly destructive. Zinsser’s scientific work focused on bacteriology and immunology and he is most associated with typhusespecially the form called Brill—Zinsser diseasehis namesake.

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