The problems that plague the city stem from a combination of Dr. Stockman’s naivety and inability to understand how much of the town’s economy relies of the bath and Peter Stockman’s willingness to use his brother as a scapegoat in order to allow for less work for himself. Instead of compromising, each of the brothers makes it harder for the other to come to a better solution. Dr. Stockman starts by spreading his information before first notifying his brother and thinking about the consequences of such information. In response, the Mayor tries to stop him by going too far by agreeing that the pollution in the Baths is all Dr. Stockman’s “imagination” (43). This lie turns the town against Dr. Stockman and even outright refuse to hear about the scientific evidence that started the whole debacle. The Mayor may have been the one to use slander to get his way, but Dr. Stockman is equally responsible for the issues due to him going to the press as soon as his brother did not yield to his demands. Dr. Stockman may have had good intentions, but soon became obsessed with his own ideals and lashes out at the populace. Each of the brothers overreact and allow their own animosities to taint any solution they create so that it devalues the opinions and solutions of the other, thus creating a cycle of revenge that ultimately destroys the reputation of Dr. Stockman and the future health of the town.