Ulcer Wars – The Barry Marshall Story

I watched “Ulcer Wars” – a BBC Horizon documentary – when it was first broadcast in 1994. It tells the remarkable story of Barry Marshall and Robin Warren’s discovery of Helicobacter pylori and Marshall’s battle to gain mainstream medical acceptance of his well validated theory that H. pylori infection caused ulcers.

The documentary inspired me to include H . pylori as a water contaminant issue in my GG362 Water Resources module where it has remained since 1994.

Today the link between H. pylori and stomach ulcers is a matter of common knowledge but in 1994 the broadcast of this documentary was still controversial amongst some doctors (e.g. Colin-Jones, D.G. (1994) The Subtle Microbe, British Medical Journal. 308: 1378. http://www.bmj.com/content/308/6940/1378.full)

Today, the documentary provides an important historical insight into one of the major breakthroughs in medicine of the late 20th century.

In 2005 Marshall and Warren were rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease”.

One thought on “Ulcer Wars – The Barry Marshall Story

  1. You can cure an ulcer with tons of steeped cinmonan tea alternated with tons of live culture plain yogurt. One day cinmonan, one day yogurt. Try it. It worked for my brother. Ulcers are caused by a bacteria H pylori and all of those anti-acid prescription medications are targeting the stomach acid rather than the root cause. Do not take antacids- the acid pain is indicative of a deeper problem- the bacteria.You need a high acid level in the stomach to protect your body from other infections. The acid table is a natural boundry against all sorts of things.If home remedies do not work, see a doc, but try the cinmonan tea first. For stronger tea use the sticks.The RN above has good advice but also remember that there are home remedies for some problems that doctors will not recommend. Try those first but don’t hesitate to see a doc.

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