Hans Zinsser

(1878 - 1940)

Born in New York City, Hans Zinsser received his doctorate in medicine from Columbia University and later earned fame for isolating the typhus bacterium and developing a vaccine against it. He taught at Stanford University and Harvard Medical School and wrote the book Rats, Lice, and History, among other works.

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Infectious disease is one of the few genuine adventures left in the world.

—Hans Zinsser, 1935

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