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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This book has many very positive reviews, and is still in print after 75 years, so it must have something going for it. It is certainly well written and an easy read, with flashes of sardonic humor ... Read full review

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A very witty history of the plague. Loved it! Read full review


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

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