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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I first read it 28 years ago, and re-read often.

Retrieved from ” https: William Hammon Rebecca Lancefield. Though this may have been relatively groundbreaking when it was written, the subject matter is now well covered. After many non-sequitors about a variety of topics Thanks to Happyreader, I realized my review of this book is associated with a totally obscure and out-of-print edition. It is the beginning of my love affair with nonfiction.

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Sep 22, kubby marked it as to-read. Dec 26, Julaine added it Shelves: I received a copy of this book as a gift when I was in high school.

Hans Zinsser

You feel the author’s wit and enthusiasm. Let’s go with 4.

I read this when I was in high school, and it influenced my thinking and ziinsser later. The topic of typhus isn’t truly brought up until pageand doesn’t really start licce addressed until page Views Read Edit View history.


However, it’s not as a historian that Zinnser endures for me so much as as a writer; wry, pithy, and occasionally cantankerous. Dispatched from the UK in 4 business days When will my order arrive? I started this book in zinser serious mood, expecting to be informed about the progression and history of a serious disease.

The typhus pathogen was transmitted by rat fleas to human beings, who then transmitted it to other humans and in some strains from human to human.

Not for a moment is it non-scientific; in fact he unqualifiedly discounts the popular scientist angle as misleading. Thomas Edison, American inventor who, singly or jointly, held a world record 1, patents. It’s still one of my back-up plans.

Fascinating book that opened the eyes of a young architecture student to the forces that really affect history. Nero Wolf was caught reading it once when he was away from the Orchid rooms, which is a recommendation in itself. Apr 09, David rated it it was amazing. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

Throughout his career he was also a professor at Stanford University as well as Harvard University. The idea of a disease as being like a single organism that spans space and time in a single body and has always been with us is irresistible.

Neither of them is the slightest earthly use to any other species of living things. He received zinsder undergraduate degree from Columbia University hiistory and completed both a master’s degree and a histort in medicine there in Keep Exploring Britannica Albert Einstein.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The bookplate for Vandevelde inside the cover, the obituaries for Dr. I read this in high zinssee because it was on the Indiana University list of books students should read and loved it.


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Lice get their own chapter, verging on lousy praise, as do rats. This book is devoted to a discussion of the biology of typhus and history of typhus fever in human affairs. As much as I dislike to give this book such a low rating, I feel that I must.

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Civilizations have retreated from the plasmodium of malaria, and armies have crumbled into rabbles under the onslaught of cholera spirilla, or of dysentery and typhoid bacilli. Zinsser will talk about the Dark Ages and plague then go back and talk about diseases in ancient Greece. He convincingly argues that most wars in history have had more fatalities due to disease than histtory caused on the ratw, and that many famous battles and wars were dramatically changed due to the influence of diseases.

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Hans Zinsser’s use of prose and snark throughout this book makes this biographical history of typhus a page turner. He’s an entertaining character, quite amusing, and uistory fun to rread. He employs footnotes, which are my favorite way to add information.