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Cholera Epidemics in the 19th Century

The Great Plague of London, 1665

The Boston Smallpox Epidemic, 1721

“Pestilence” and the Printed Books of the Late 15th Century

Spanish Influenza in North America, 1918–1919

Syphilis, 1494–1923

Tropical Diseases and the Construction of the Panama Canal, 1904–1914

Tuberculosis in Europe and North America, 1800–1922

The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793

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Papers, 1887-1954 (inclusive), 1898-1942 (bulk)
Zinsser, Hans, 1878-1940, creator
HOLLIS IDDigital Object
[Sanitation of a field army, [1919?]. H MS c73, Box 4, folder 14. Provides access to page images of this portion of the collection.] 
Digital Object
[Control of infectious diseases in industrial communities, [1920?]. H MS c73, Box 4, folder 15. Provides access to page images of this portion of the collection.] 
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[Etiology and epidemiology of influenza, [1922?]. H MS c73, Box 4, folder 17. Provides access to page images of this portion of the collection.] 
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

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16 boxes
mixed material


Doctor and education : the collected essays of Hans Zinsser ;  Immunology -- Research ;  Zinsser, Hans , 1878-1940 ;  World War, 1914-1918 -- Medical care ;  Medical bacteriology -- Research

Medical Education and Practice

Spanish Influenza in North America, 1918-1919

Contains personal papers, research writing and travel material, and some teaching notes. Personal papers include manuscripts of poems and other literary work, correspondence with publishers and friends, family correspondence and financial material, diary and reports relating to Zinsser's World War I service, clippings, and other personal items such as photographs, awards, and datebooks. Other material includes notes on experiments and related research; and notes, manuscripts of writings and reprints on medical topics. Also contains considerable printed material. Additional accession includes a manuscript of The Doctor and Education: The Collected Essays of Hans Zinsser, personal correspondence, and biographical information.

Hans Zinsser papers, 1887-1954 (inclusive), 1898-1942 (bulk). H MS c73. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

Electronic finding aid available (74.8 kb)

Hans Zinsser (Columbia, M.D. 1903) was Charles Wilder Professor of Bacteriology and Immunology at Harvard Medical School from 1935 to 1940, chief of Bacteriological Services at Children's and Infants' Hospital,and consultantin bacteriology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Mass. His research included the development of a vaccine for typhus, work on the etiology of rheumatic fever, host response to syphilis, nature of the antigen-antibody reaction, the measurement of virus size, and studies of delayed hypersensitivity and allergy.

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