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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The infected louse dies too, so bummer for all involved. It’s still one of my back-up plans. 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.
Description When Rats, Lice and History appeared inHans Zinsser was a highly regarded Harvard biologist who had never written about historical events. Lawrence stage among the younger set. War and conquest and that herd existence which is an accompaniment of what we call civilization have merely set the stage for these more powerful agents of human tragedy.
But not a plague of pestilance or dysentry, oh no. Looking for beautiful books? Hans Zinsser November 17, — September 4, was an American physicianbacteriologistand prolific author. For a book the author calls a biography of Typhus it discusses everything from the difference between science and art to multiple other plagues and their effects on history before briefly introducing the reader to the subject for a short period that still wil As much as I dislike to give this book such a low rating, I feel that I must.
Instead, I was caught off guard by all this randomness and burst out laughing.
Hardcoverpages. He wrote several books about biology and bacterianotably Rats, Lice and Historya ” biography ” of typhus fever. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.
Parshley, Nation histlry book will surely be studied with great interest by the lay reader Zinsser pasted into the front and back of the book,the worn cover, and the pencil underlines all connected me to others who had read this exact same physical book.
Zinsser was inspired by Tristram Shandy in writing his rambling, preambling “biography” of typhus, digging out interesting but unrelated topics when they interest him, burrowing around history for the first signs of its existence.
The description of how “new” diseases arise is as true for AIDS as for typhus. 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.
This bountifully discursive romp through a pestilential history was a really enjoyable read. He is both cynical of humanity hidtory full of deep humanity, and because of this and his style he is reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut. Theory of Economic Development Joseph A. Yet at the same time he maintained a love of literature and philosophy.
To Zinsser, scientific research was high adventure and the investigation of infectious disease, a field of battle. Zinsser will talk about the Dark Ages and plague then go back and talk about diseases in ancient Greece. Huge areas have bee devastated by the trypanosome that travels on the wings of the tsetse fly, and generations have been harassed by the syphilis of a courtier.
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.
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Be the first to discover new talent! So off-topic, but the author is aware of how off-topic he is, “This, hwns promise, I am absolutely stumped on how to review this book. Truly a fascinating book. As much as I zinsswr to give this book such a low rating, I feel that I must. Rats, Lice, and History: Incessantly, the pitiless war goes on, without quarter or armistice – a nationalism of species against species.
Yet popular science it certainly is – his attempt to avoid the label seems to be because it was somewhat ratd 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.
I wish it were that easy, because this book was hilarious. He isolated the bacterium that causes the European type of typhusdeveloped the first anti-typhus vaccineand, with colleagues, found life way to mass-produce the vaccine. 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.
Bacteria nourish plans; plants nourish man and beast.
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We’re featuring millions histroy their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. 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. The only faults I had with it are there are sometimes no translations of long passages in another language perhaps the average ratx public knew more languages than I do back then and it can be quite repetitive, though pleasantly repetitive, and the chronological order of events is totally bananas Dr.
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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 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.
Zinsser succumbed to acute leukemia in I am absolutely stumped on how to review this book. From there, it flared with the fires of war on to a final subsidence after playing a pivotal role in the Balkans in WWI. It would be an almost unbearably boring and depressing list if Dr.