You assholes didn't believe me, but guess who's got ulcers now!
Small correction: it wasn't an issue of legality, it was that he felt no one else would be capable of giving informed consent to the test.
That's even more badass than John Snow (who tested cholera treatments on himself)!
At a time when everyone was *convinced* that cholera spread through the air, Snow's research strongly suggested it was actually waterborne. He went house to house, asking people how many family members had gotten sick, and plotted the results on a map. Everyone thought he was **crazy**! But he was right: he never got sick, and he may have even been the first person to visualize data points on a map in order to draw a conclusion.
There's an awesome series on PBS called How We Got To Now that has many more fascinating stories like these. My personal favorite episode is Clean: http://www.pbs.org/video/pbs-indies-clean/
Now that is some Fucking science bitches!
Barry Marshall didn't discover H. Pylori caused stomach ulcers, many doctors did before him but their findings were rejected by the medical establishment. He was just the most stubborn and was vilified even after he gave and cured himself of stomach ulcers. It was only after about 10 years had passed and so many ulcer sufferers had rejected the established medical advice from their doctors and used Marshall's antibiotic cure successfully that the establishment started to look too foolish and reluctantly accepted Marshall's work. He used part of his prize money to publish a book called "Helicobactor Pioneers" which was interviews of all the researchers who had "discovered" H.Pylori caused stomach ulcers before him, all of whom were still alive except for the the first, and true discoverer.
This is why I take the medical rejection of "alternative" therapies with a grain of salt and a ton of research.
Dr Bazza is his formal title being Australian.
Thanks to this guy, when you're suspected of having an ulcer, they now simply test for H. pylori in a urinalysis. If the test comes back positive, they begin antibiotics. Before this discovery a person would have been required to endure an invasive endoscopic procedure to get similar confirmation. Basically it's the difference between peeing in a cup vs inserting a camera to investigate your entire gastrointestinal tract. I had an ulcer 5 years ago and this is exactly how it was identified and successfully treated. Now I know who to thank!