Science keeps changing its stand often especially in areas of medical findings. However if these scientists did not work so hard and brought out their fine findings, we would have been much less aware about the mysteries of the human body and medicine in general.
In one such extraordinary finding, a scientist drank a cocktail of bacteria to prove that ulcers were not caused by stress. Ulcer is an open sore of the skin or mucus membrane characterized by sloughing of inflamed dead tissue. Ulcers are found mainly in the areas of skin, mouth, and intestine.
When Dr Warren, 68, and Dr Marshall, 54, announced in 1982 that Helicobacter pylori, an unknown bacterium, caused ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, unlike what many doctors believed at that time, However doctors were skeptical of the announcement. Skepticism was mainly based on the fact that in such areas of the body bacteria could barely thrive due to the acidic environment therein.
Through his experiment on self, scientist proved that it was the Helicobacter pylori bacterium and not stress that was the culprit behind ulcers. As a result of their great work, and findings which was crucial to understanding ulcers, they have won the 2005 Nobel Prize in medicine.
The discovery led to the development of antibiotics and drug treatment for most ulcers, overturning the conventional medical thinking of the time and easing the suffering for millions of people each year.
The Nobel prize which is one of the foremost awards in the world, fetches them a check for $1.3 million, a diploma, a gold medal and a handshake with the king of Sweden at the award ceremony in Stockholm on December 10.