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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Rats, Lice and History

I really enjoyed the physical book. It seemed like an appropriate thing to read, as it had to deal with sickness and it was the kind of boring subject that is pleasant to read when one is stuck in bed and going nowhere.

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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hans Hane. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. I have returned to reread this book several times during the intervening years. So that no one will ever actually see my review, and I can’t easily compare mine with others’. Very interesting content, but because of the writing style it was somewhat tough going.

Intriguingly fascinating and entertaining reading for anyone who is interested in how society copes with catastrophe and pain.

Lists with This Book. Apr 05, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Alan Turing, British mathematician and logician, who made major contributions to mathematics, cryptanalysis,…. I keep up with developments in microbiology as a hobby, although I don’t normally do hobbies which are usually associated with pastimes such as chess, knitting and cookery 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.


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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.

Mar 18, Stefani rated it it was amazing. This, to me, is hilarious. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

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. Zinsser calls science an art and goes on to quote much Gertude Stein in order to hold it up to ridicule.


This classic was well-received in its day and is still regarded as an important treatise. The Yale Zinsxer of Biology and Medicine. I remember it as a facinating book written for anyone.


Some parts were unintentionally funny – the Philistines beating the Jewish in an ancient war by getting their Gods to strike the Jews down with a plague. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. This book is devoted to a discussion of the biology of typhus and history of typhus fever in human affairs. He’s an entertaining character, quite amusing, zimsser always fun to rread. Zinsser pasted into the front and back of the book,the worn cover, and the pencil underlines all connected me to others zinwser had read this exact same physical book.

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Grob is the Henry E. Society in America Harriet Martineau. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use histofy Privacy Policy. Rats, Lice and History is written in an entertaining conversational style with with enough scholarly flourishes that you’ll want your computer by your side to look up words and translate all the French, German and Spanish quotes.

Hardcoverpages. From Wikipedia, the free ratd. He employs footnotes, which are my favorite way to add information. I liked the book because because I learned so much – this book is a classic microbiology textbook among other things.