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.
Nobel Lectures, Physiology or Medicine 1922-1941, Nobel lecture for award received in 1928, Investigations on Typhus (p. 187), Elsevier Publishing Company. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 1965