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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Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1996 - Medical - 301 pages
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The classic chronicle of the impact disease and plagues have had on history and society over the past half-millennium. Intriguingly fascinating and entertaining reading for anyone who is interested in how society copes with catastrophe and pain. Relevant today in face of the worldwide medical calamity of AIDS. Continuously in print since its first publication in 1934, with over 75 printings.

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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  - Andy Marton - Goodreads

This is a very readable book, managing to be both informative and engaging. Zinsser writes in an unorthodox fashion. The book is as the back of the cover states: a biography of typhus. It goes beyond ... 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  - Beverly Hollandbeck - Goodreads

I read this in high school because it was on the Indiana University list of 100 books students should read and loved it. It is the beginning of my love affair with nonfiction. Read full review

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In the nature of an explanation and
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Being a discussion of the relationship
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Leading up to the definition of bacterid
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