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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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

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