Though we are seeing Dr. Stockmann in light of 21st century scientific and political scenario, what the author has missed is that such "heros" do exist today in the scientific field, albeit under a disguise. We write grant proposals trying to highlight some form of public health concern that will be addressed by our work. Though these scientists are not oppurtunists in the real sense, they have already sensed that their careers in the field of biological sciences will survive only if there are enough biological threats propagated among the public. Very few studies are done for pure scientific interests, even fewer grant proposals are accepted on these grounds. So it is inevitable that such scientific despots will keep popping up. \n\nThough I haven't read the play, I am sure there was always good in the heart of Dr. Stockmann and he was never planning to wait for a public health emergency to actually occur so he could stand justified. A real despot would have accelerated the process by tampering with the system to his own advantage, thereby gaining in popularity and stature. Even if we would like to condemn his naive nature, such heroes are the driving force behind the science that results in the benefit of one and all. The "public" face of a scientist drives science only by bringing in the grants, an important but not always necessary aspect of a scientific pursuit.