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Rats, Lice and History by Hans Zinsser
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Apr 03, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction-read, favorites
Recommended for: Anyone interested in the human side of science
Read 6 times. Last read January 1, 1974.

I received a copy of this book as a gift when I was in high school. I think my grandmother gave it to me because she thought the title was amusing. The book is a biography of typhus, written by the biologist who isolated the disease. It's written in an engaging style. I especially enjoyed the preliminary chapters where the author discusses the relationship between art and science. It was a mind opener for me. This book prepared me for when I found the essays of Lewis Thomas in 'The Lives of a Cell". I have returned to reread this book several times during the intervening years.

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