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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This book has the greatest footnote I’ve ever come across – “If the reader does not understand this word, that is just too bad. Epidemiology, branch of medical science that studies the distribution of disease in human populations and the factors determining that distribution, chiefly by the use of statistics. The topic of typhus isn’t truly brought up until pageand doesn’t really start being addressed until page I first read it 28 years ago, and re-read often. 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 zinswer seen under the microscopes of the day.
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Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine emeritus. Civilizations have retreated from the plasmodium of malaria, and armies have crumbled into rabbles under the onslaught of cholera spirilla, or of dysentery and typhoid bacilli.
Hans Zinsser November 17, — September 4, was an American physicianbacteriologistand prolific author. It’s still one of my back-up plans. Thank you for your feedback. Insects, in their well-organized societies, are destructive of one form of living creature, but helpful to another.
Wood Albert Balows Frederick C. There was a problem with your submission. This is the precurser to “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” but it’s funnier. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Sava of Serbia and the Legion of Honour in France. Awarded many honors for his brave and selfless service as a military doctor working in the trenches of WWI, Zinsser makes much of the impact typhus and other diseases have had on military campaigns across history.
He is both cynical of humanity and full of deep humanity, and because of this and his style he is reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut. It would be an almost unbearably boring and depressing list if Dr. After holding a series of academic medicine positions, Zinsser became an associate professor at Stanford University in The next quarter or even more zinssre then dedicated to wars and disease and destruction from the dawn of civilization onward.
Hans Zinsser has created an eccentric view of history, rambling about rats, typhus, the Roman Empire, lice, and everything. Hans Zinsser – physician, scientist, war hero, and author – wrote a book in ahd, which he titled, with mock yet informative pretension: Some of his verses were published in The Atlantic Monthly.
Martha Howe Abigail Llice. This book made me want to become an epidemiologist. I say popular science, but Hans Zinsser regularly claims his book is nothing of the sort, as ‘we detest and have endeavoured to avoid [popular science]’. Refresh and try again. Thanks to Happyreader, I realized my review of this book is associated with a totally obscure and out-of-print edition.
Rats, Lice and History : Hans Zinsser :
Inhe moved to a position at his alma mater. How you find this book will depend to an extent how you cope with Zinsser’s whimsical and eccentric approach. Intriguingly fascinating and entertaining reading for anyone who is interested in how society copes with catastrophe and pain. More entertainingly, the book starts with a discussion of biographies themselves in a whimsical yet incisive overview worth reading by literary critics considering modern biographies.
Instead, I was caught off guard by all this randomness and burst out laughing. Yet at the same time he maintained a love of literature and philosophy.
At Columbia, he was the doctoral advisor of Rebecca Lancefieldalthough he did not permit her to physically work in his laboratory due to her gender. He is an elected member 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. Zinsser succumbed to acute leukemia in If you are interested in these topics as I am this is interesting and amusing in part because of Zinsser’s very obvious attempt to demonstrate his own breadth of interest and knowledgeif not what you’d expect in a book like this.
About Hans Zinsser Hans Zinsser received his doctorate at Columbia University and also was an instructor llice bacteriology at Columbia University. To ask other readers questions about Rats, Lice, and Historyplease sign up. Help us improve this article! The classic chronicle of the impact disease and plagues have had on history and society over the past half-millennium. 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.
Along the way, Zinsser teases us with little details, but then puts off the main topic as he dives into, for example, the natural history of the two main vectors of typhus, rats and lice.
Rats, Lice and History is zisnser 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.
This bountifully discursive romp through a pestilential history zisser a really enjoyable read. Albert Histogy, German-born physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity and…. The sheer number of deaths is mind-boggling, as well as, the effects typhus has had on the outcomes of battles.
Zinsser taught as an exchange professor and worked with the American Red Cross in France, Russia, Serbia and China, and was noted for his work in typhus and immunology. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.
Zinsser broaches the topic of typhus.