The Louse is Punishment for Regression

And this is the ultimate lesson that our knowledge of the mode of transmission of typhus has taught us: Man carries on his skin a parasite, the louse. Civilization rids him of it. Should man regress, should he allow himself to resemble a primitive beast, the louse begins to multiply again and treats man as he deserves, as a brute beast. This conclusion would have endeared itself to the warm heart of Alfred Nobel. My contribution to it makes me feel less unworthy of the honour which you have conferred upon me in his name.


If we regress, nature will punish us with parasites.

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 Investigations on Typhus
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Nicolle, Charles-Jules-Henri (1999-06-01), Investigations on Typhus, World Scientific Publishing Company Incorporated, Physiology Or Medicine, 1922-1941, Retrieved on 2012-06-11
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