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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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 really enjoyable read. I read this in high school because it was on the Indiana University list of books students should read and loved it. Most other animals are content to lead peaceful and adjusted lives, rejoicing in vigor, grateful for this gift of living, and doing the minimum of injury to obtain the things they require.
Huge areas have bee devastated by the trypanosome that travels on the wings of the tsetse fly, and generations have been harassed by the syphilis of a courtier. This book prepared me for when I found the essays of Lewis Thomas in ‘The Lives of a Ce I received a copy of this book as a gift when I was in high school. Nevertheless, this book represents a curious look at the history of infectious disease and public health. He employs footnotes, which are my favorite way to add information.
This book was the first book I read about disease and pests.
Bacteria nourish plans; plants nourish man and beast. Hans Zinsser’s use of prose and snark throughout this zinwser makes this biographical history of typhus a page turner. Internet URLs are the best. Want to Zlnsser Currently Reading Read. Before engaging his topic he takes much time to explain the philosophy of science, the history of epidemiology, and microbiology as it was understood at the time.
Wood Albert Balows Frederick C. Zinnser’s romp through the ancient and modern worlds describes iznsser epidemics devastated the Byzantines under Justinian, put Charles V atop the Holy Roman Empire, stopped the Turks at the Carpathians, and turned Napolean’s zinssdr ArmEe “back from Moscow. In his view, infectious disease simply represented an attempt of a living organism to survive. But not a plague of pestilance or dysentry, oh no. Dispatched from the UK in 4 ans days When will my order arrive?
But — in the course of definitely scientific marshalling of facts, he shows how typhus has won and lost seiges, even whole wars, has changed the face of the znisser, has played its part at almost every step of historical development. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
It combines Zinsser’s expertise in biology with his broad knowledge of the humanities show more. Zinsser calls science an art and goes on to quote much Gertude Stein in order to hold it up to ridicule.
His goal in Rats, Lice and History was to bring science, philosophy, and literature together to establish the importance of disease, and especially epidemic infectious disease, as a major force in human affairs. So off-topic, but the author is aware of how off-topic he is, “This, we promise, I am absolutely stumped on how to review this book.
Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. But beware, the first couple of chapters are very weird. Views Read Edit View history. View all 3 comments. Not so popular in appeal as the DeKruif books, but those who liked Soldier in Science and others on the borderline, should find this fascinating reading.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medalthe citation for which read as follows “For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services– while acting as Sanitation Inspector luce the Second Army he organized, perfected and administered with extraordinary and exceptional success a plan of military sanitation and epidemic-disease control. I liked the book because because I learned so much – this book is a classic microbiology textbook among other things.
This book is about everything BUT typhus. Learn Histoty in has related Britannica articles: At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.
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National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Rats, Lice and History is a tour de force. The style is delightful, and the subject matter very interesting Thank you for your feedback. The description of how “new” diseases arise is as true for AIDS as for typhus.
Hooper Jeffery F. Be the first to discover new talent! The beginnings of bacteriology zisser the development of the microscope. What an excellent book. Review quote -Zinsser’s account of lice and men remains a delight. Other books in this series.
Zinsser cast his work as the hisory of a disease. I found the first 12 chapters more interesting than those on the disease itself partly because of an aversion to things medicalbut there’s no doubt that his writing can still be amusing and interesting. The book is a biography of typhus, written by the biologist who isolated the disease. Parshley, Nation -This book will surely be studied with great interest by the lay reader Zinsser writes, “Nature has provided that the nymph- that is, what may be called the high-school or flapper age of the louse- is not yet possessed of sexual organs.