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 liked the book because because I learned so much – this book is a classic microbiology textbook among other things. The description of how “new” diseases arise is as true for AIDS as for typhus.


Views Read Edit View history. 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. Unlike other medical disciplines, epidemiology concerns itself with groups of people rather than individual patients….

Best biology book I ever read. This bountifully discursive romp through a ihstory history was a really enjoyable read. 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.

Rats, Lice and History

What an excellent book. This has been, either perfect or to some extent, achieved by ants and by bees, by some birds, and by some of the fishes in the sea. Social Organization Charles Horton Cooley. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.


After holding a series of academic medicine positions, Zinsser became an associate professor at Stanford University in September 4, age 61 New York City. Neither of them is the slightest earthly use to any other species of living things. I keep up with developments in microbiology as a hobby, although I don’t normally do hobbies which are usually associated with pasti Best biology book I ever read. Throughout his career he was also a professor at Stanford University as well as Harvard University.

It’s written in an engaging style. Rats, Lice, and History: Let’s go with 4. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Wood Albert Balows Frederick C.

Bacteria nourish plans; plants nourish man and beast. Zinsser calls science an art zinsse goes on to quote much Gertude Stein in order to hold it up to ridicule.

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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. The Idea of Nationalism Hans Kohn. This, to me, is hilarious.

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Looking for beautiful books? Since I really, hanw love this book, I’m moving my review. I found my copy of the book at zimsser University of Oregon Science library. My favorite foonote was assoc Even though this book was written at the turn of the previous century, it hasn’t become any less interesting or funny. Liice 03, Hannelore rated it it was ok Shelves: So off-topic, rars the author is aware of how off-topic he is, “This, we promise, is the last serious digression from our main theme” It is not At multiple points, he feels that so much extraneous matter is related to his subject that he just starts giving a list of random historical events with no explanation of their connection.


Finally, though, we do get a grounding in the nature of this unpleasant killer – as far as was possible, considering that a virus like typhus was too small to be seen under the microscopes of the day. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Zinsser’s articles will enjoy this book, and to otehrs it will be a pleasant surprise.

Review quote -Zinsser’s account of lice and men remains a delight. Nacy Kenneth I. Rrats 01, Beverly Hollandbeck rated it really liked it. Religion, history, mathematics, politics–if it’s a subject completely unrelated to typhus it’s most certainly in there. About Hans Zinsser Hans Zinsser received his doctorate at Columbia University and also was an instructor of bacteriology at Columbia University.

All that nature offers is taken for their own purposes, plant or beast.

Hans Zinsser November 17, — September 4, was an American physicianbacteriologistand prolific author. The Stakes of Diplomacy Walter Lippmann. He recognized that cases of mild typhus-like symptoms in lice-free persons are recurrences after a latent period Brill-Zinsser disease.

Its also fascinating how far back in history those diseases persisted in influencing the events in human history. He is an elected hstory of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has been the president of the American Association for the History of Medicine. It is the beginning of my love affair with nonfiction. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.