Rappaccini's progeny

Lee, Richard V.
April 2002
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine;Apr2002, Vol. 95 Issue 4, p167
Academic Journal
The article uses the tragedy in Nathaniel Hawthorne's story "Rappaccini's Daughter" to illustrate the tragedy in young parents' decision to refuse immunization for their children because of their belief that the risks of immunization are greater than the risks of disease. They believe that medicine has conquered infectious diseases because they did not have personal experiences of the consequences of polio or congenital rubella syndrome.


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