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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Oct 01, Beverly Hollandbeck rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. This, to me, is hilarious.

Society in America Harriet Martineau. 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. Before engaging his topic hzns takes much time to explain the philosophy of science, the history of epidemiology, and microbiology as it was understood at the time.

Zinsser pasted into the front and back of the book,the worn cover, hanz the pencil underlines all connected me to others who had read this exact same physical book. Rats, Lice and History. Lice get their own chapter, verging on hqns praise, as do rats. Review quote -Zinsser’s account of lice and men remains a delight. No trivia or quizzes yet. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Jul 01, Daphne rated it it was amazing. His scientific work focused on bacteriology and immunology and he is greatly associated with Brill’s disease as well as typhus.


Hans Zinsser | American bacteriologist and epidemiologist |

I love medical histories, so when I saw this at a used bookstore I picked it up. This book started my nonfiction craze. 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. View all 3 comments. It is very clear he even says it that Dr. I remember it as a facinating book written for anyone. But still, as a science book on a topic I usually show no interest in, it is a fascinating, intelligent, and well-written book.

Though this may have been relatively groundbreaking when it was written, the subject matter is now well covered. Yet popular science it certainly is – his attempt to avoid the label seems to be because it was somewhat despised as a type of writing by academics in the s when this book was written – and Zinsser wanted to make this This classic of popular science has just had a welcome reissue.

Parshley, Nation “This book will surely be studied with great interest by the lay reader After many non-sequitors about a variety of topics, the author finally gets around to explaining, in engaging, lucid detail, why human history is actually the history of bacterias, viruses, fleas, lice, and, yes, the occasional rat.

Rats, Lice and History

Civilizations have retreated from the plasmodium of malaria, and armies have crumbled into rabbles under the onslaught of cholera spirilla, ilce of dysentery and typhoid bacilli. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Inhe moved to a position at his alma mater. Beautiful, ornate style that reminds me of Swift and Defoe.


Please provide an email address. This book is about everything BUT typhus. Continuously in print since its first publication inwith over 75 zinsser. At the start of the decade, Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, and Lou Reed were among the hopeful young songwriters walking the warrenlike corridors and knocking on the glass-paneled doors of publishers in the Brill Building and its neighbours along Broadway.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. So I should just give it one star and move on with my life, right?

Theory of Economic Development Joseph A. Also, I’m not entirely sure what typhus is, or if it’s even around anymore. Sava of Serbia and the Legion of Honour in France.

To ask other readers questions about Rats, Lice, and Historyplease sign up. The style is delightful, and the subject matter very interesting Under certain conditions-to wash or to change clothing-lice proliferated. He recognized that cases of mild typhus-like symptoms in lice-free persons are recurrences after a latent period Brill-Zinsser disease.

Jul 02, Glenn rated it liked it. But not a plague of pestilance or dysentry, oh no.

Zinsser broaches the topic of typhus. Even though this book was written at the turn of the previous century, it hasn’t become any less interesting or funny.