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Why is this scientist smiling? Maybe it is because he proved every person who disagreed with him wrong. Probably it is because he got a Nobel Prize to shove in their faces. This Dr. Barry Marshall who was convinced ulcers were caused by bacteria. He started experimenting, and found that patients given antibiotic therapy would quickly recover. But when he published his results, no doctor took it seriously. So Dr. Marshall decided to prove it  — on himself. He drank a cocktail of bacteria, and within a week had massive stomach pain. He biopsied his own stomach, and it was an ulcer. Dr. Marshall gave himself antibiotics and the ulcer disappeared. He suffered fevers, daily vomiting, and breath so bad his mother commented on it. But it was all worth it for the shiny Nobel Prize.

Why is this scientist smiling? Maybe it is because he proved every person who disagreed with him wrong. Probably it is because he got a Nobel Prize to shove in their faces. This Dr. Barry Marshall who was convinced ulcers were caused by bacteria. He started experimenting, and found that patients given antibiotic therapy would quickly recover. But when he published his results, no doctor took it seriously. So Dr. Marshall decided to prove it  — on himself. He drank a cocktail of bacteria, and within a week had massive stomach pain. He biopsied his own stomach, and it was an ulcer. Dr. Marshall gave himself antibiotics and the ulcer disappeared. He suffered fevers, daily vomiting, and breath so bad his mother commented on it. But it was all worth it for the shiny Nobel Prize.

(Source: achievement.org)

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