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J R Soc Med. 2002 December; 95(12): 630.
PMCID: PMC1279302


In his editorial (October 2002 JRSM1) Dr Beale proposes an incomplete solution. The universal vaccination idea is based on the view that the current conflict is caused by a few ‘rotten apples’ (‘rogue states’, etc.) bent on upsetting an otherwise perfect world. Is it not more ‘scientific’ and morally less repugnant to use some of the money which will be dedicated to rendering the good apples biologically immune, to sociological, psychological, political, linguistic, religious and conceptual research so that the reasons why people have become ‘careless with their lives’ can be understood? Have the human sciences also been thrown overboard?


1. Beale AJ. Bioterrorism: what can we do? J R Soc Med 2002;95: 479-80 [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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