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Barry Marshall, Scientist

Dr Barry Marshall risked his own life to find a cure for stomach ulcers. He succeeded and won a Nobel Prize for Medicine for his efforts

Nobel prize-winner Dr Barry Marshall made a medical discovery which rendered obsolete a multi-billion dollar drugs market aimed at treating stomach ulcers.

To do this he was his own guinea-pig, deliberately drinking a petri-dish full of bacteria to test out his theory.

Luckily he lived to tell the tale, and discovered the cure for ulcers - however the medical establishment and drug companies didn't want to listen at first.

He tells his story to Owen Bennett-Jones.

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28 minutes


BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

This programme was restored as part of the World Service archive project