Rats, Lice and History: Being a Study in Biography, Which, After Twelve Preliminary Chapters Indispensable for the Preparation of the Lay Reader, Deals with the Life History of Typhus Fever ...

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Printed and Pub. for the Atlantic Monthly Press by Little, Brown,, 1935 - History - 301 pages
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"Rats, Lice and History" is a brilliant chronicle of the impact of epidemics on society. Author Hans Zinsser provides a spirited and illuminating account of the nature of infectious diseases, examining how they afflicted the ancient world and how epidemic diseases influenced political and military history. At the heart of this book is Zinsser's intriguing "biography of a bacillus, " in which he tracks the origins and growth of typhus, one of the most devastating epidemics in the history of humankind. In the age of AIDS this 1934 classic stands as an insightful reminder of how other cultures confronted a major epidemic.

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Review: Rats, Lice, and History: Being a Study in Biography, Which, After Twelve Preliminary Chapters Indispensable for the Preparation of the Lay Reader, Deals With the Life History of Typhus Fever

User Review  - Zanna - Goodreads

Taking disease as his spectacles for an analysis of the history of civilization, Zinsser's lively odyssey throws light on events and cultural tropes in a highly entertaining way. Deservedly a classic Read full review

Review: Rats, Lice, and History: Being a Study in Biography, Which, After Twelve Preliminary Chapters Indispensable for the Preparation of the Lay Reader, Deals With the Life History of Typhus Fever

User Review  - Yasmina Elhayane - Goodreads

The most fun you'll have learning about typhus! Read full review

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