As stupid as a hero

July ‘84, a toast. Barry Marshall gulps a bacteria infected concoction as a last resort to prove his theory that H. Pilori causes stomach ulcer.

Dr. Barry is right.

The stunt earns him a bad gastritis (and a nobel prize).

Yes, doctors in 1984 hadn’t yet figured out what caused stomach ulcer.

Yes, a nobel prize laureate couldn’t think of a smarter way to prove his theory than to put his own health at risk.

Yes, the day you develop a gastritis can also be the best day of your life.