Rats, Lice and History


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Both shocking and entertaining, this masterpiece of popular science writing tells the tragic story of the struggle between humanity and its humble but deadly enemies, the organisms of disease. Zinsser shows how infectious disease simply represented an attempt of a living organism to survive. While from the human perspective an invading pathogen was abnormal, from the perspective of the pathogen it was perfectly normal.From the pestilence which contributed to the downfall of Rome to the dancing manias of medieval Europe, the ...

Rats, Lice and History 2017, Prelude

ISBN-13: 9781911440895


Rats, Lice and History 2007, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ

ISBN-13: 9781412806725

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Rats, Lice and History 2000, Penguin Books Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780141390307

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