As I Remember Him Author:Hans Zinsser R.S. was singularly fortunate in achieving not only a full life but a superb biographer. In the history of American letters few men have had a Boswell equal to Dr. Hans Zinsser, whose deep learning and salty wit made of the story of typhus fever a book - "Rats, Lice and History" - which was as great a joy to the layman as it was to the... more » scholar. The same mordant but friendly pen has now turned to the chronicle of the life and adventures of a physician who was also a great friend.
Medicine has taken R.S. to the far corners of the earth. Wherever there were war and infection, there he has gone. In Serbia in 1914-15, in the American Army in France, in Russia after the great famine, in Mexico and in China, he has fought as a scientist. In season and out he has passed on his instruction to students at Columbia, Leland Stanford and Harvard, at the Sorbonne and at the universities in China and Japan. A student of men, a linguist who has read insatiably in the ancient and modern languages, a poet who has long contributed to the Atlantic Monthly, a lover of horses, a philosopher, who has never for a moment sacrificed his independence of mind, he stands out in our age as an admirable blend of scientist and humanist.« less