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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.