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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Hans Zinsser | American bacteriologist and epidemiologist |

Jul 01, Daphne rated it it was amazing. The loss of copy this would entail for Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and others would be amply compensated for by ahns in other directions.

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

At the zisnser of the hostory, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. 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.

Zinsser succumbed to acute leukemia in Wood Albert Balows Frederick C.


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.

Today he is best remembered as the author of Rats, Lice, and History, which gone through multiple editions and remains a masterpiece of science writing for a general readership. 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. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article.

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Parshley, Nation -This book will surely be studied with great interest by the lay reader Informative, funny–Zinnser is very familiar and chatty; laughs at himself while you learn about a whole lot of stuff, including nasty typhus. Sava of Serbia and the Legion of Honour in France.

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Alan Turing, British mathematician and logician, who made major contributions to mathematics, cryptanalysis,…. Let’s go with 4. No trivia or quizzes yet. Under certain conditions-to wash or to change clothing-lice proliferated. They are zknsser destructive of other forms of life.

Relevant today in face of the worldwide medical calamity of AIDS. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Hardcoverpages. These do not appear until the fully adult form develops, and reproduction is thus postponed until a responsible age is reached. However, it’s not as a historian that Zinnser endures for me so much as as a writer; wry, pithy, and occasionally cantankerous.

The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. It has had a huge impact on the development of our society. Theory of Economic Development Joseph A. Thank you for your feedback. Zinnser’s romp through the ancient and modern worlds describes how epidemics devastated the Byzantines under Justinian, put Charles V atop the Holy Roman Empire, stopped the Turks at the Carpathians, and turned Napolean’s Grand ArmEe back from Moscow.

It’s a star number I picked randomly, and that should fit considering the random nature of this book. The World Health Organization at its international conference held in the Soviet Union produced the Alma-Ata Health Declaration, which was designed to serve governments as a…. 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. I received a copy of this book as a gift when I was in high school.


My favorite foonote was associated with a word I’d never heard — it said, “If the reader does not know the meaning of this word, that is unfortunate.

So I should just give it one star and move on with my life, right? Nero Wolf was caught reading it once when he was away from the Orchid rooms, which is a recommendation in itself.

His best-known book, Rats, Lice and Historyrecounts the effects of typhus on humankind he believed disease had destroyed more civilizations than war and efforts to eradicate it.

Help hzns improve this article! You feel the author’s wit and enthusiasm. The author’s style of writing and comments on current events are intriguing. Aug 02, Victoria rated it really liked it. Civilizations have retreated from the plasmodium of malaria, and armies have crumbled into rabbles under the historyy of cholera spirilla, hustory of dysentery and typhoid bacilli.

All that nature offers is taken for their own purposes, plant or beast. The first several or so chapters are a defense for why a doctor should be able to write a work of literature. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Recollections Alexis de Tocqueville. Internet URLs are the best.