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In Ibsen's play A Doll's House, what disease did Dr. Rank inherit from his father?

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Posted April 3, 2008 at 3:10 AM via web

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In Ibsen's play A Doll's House, what disease did Dr. Rank inherit from his father?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 3, 2008 at 3:20 AM (Answer #1)

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Although in the play Dr. Rank's ailment is called "spinal consumption", critics generally agree that the disease is actually syphilis.  The Doctor inherited the disease from his father, who was known to have lived a dissolute life with a number of different mistresses. 

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