Table of Contents for Rats, Lice and History

Preface vii
I. In the nature of an explanation and an apology 3
II. Being a discussion of the relationship between science and art 15
III. Leading up to the definition of bacteria and other parasites, and digressing briefly into the question of the origin of life 34
IV. On parasitism in general, and on the necessity of considering the changing nature of infectious diseases in the historical study of epidemics 57
V. Being a continuation of Chapter IV, but dealing more particularly with so-called new diseases and with some that have disappeared 77
VI. Diseases of the ancient world: a consideration of the epidemic diseases which afflicted the ancient world 105
VII. A continuation of the consideration of diseases of the ancients, with particular attention to epidemics and the fall of Rome 128
VIII. On the influence of epidemic diseases on political and military history, and on the relative unimportance of generals 150
IX. On the louse: we are now ready to consider the environment which has helped to form the character of our subject 166
X. More about the louse: the need for this chapter will be apparent to those who have entered into then spirit of this biography 179
XI. Much about rats--a little about mice 184
XII. We are at last arriving at the point at which we can approach the subject of this biography directly 212
XIII. In which we consider the birth, childhood, and adolescence of typhus 229
XIV. In which we follow the earliest epidemic exploits of our disease 240
XV. Young manhood: the period of early vigor and wild oats 265
XVI. Appraisal of a contemporary and prospects of future education and discipline 282