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In the early 1980s, in a modest hospital laboratory in Perth, Dr Barry Marshall and Dr Robin Warren made a scientific discovery that revolutionised medicine and dramatically improved the health prospects of millions of people.

They had discovered a bacterium that they called Helicobacter pylori which was able to survive in the human stomach. It was this bacterium, they believed, not stress that caused gastritis and peptic stomach ulcers, much to the scepticism of the medical world.

After years of careful observation, luck and persistence, they achieved the breakthrough they needed when Marshall infected himself with H. pylori, using his own body as a guinea pig to prove their theory.

This film follows Marshall and Warren’s curious and unpretentious lives and their paradigm-shifting finding for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2005.

The documentary will be introduced by Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy a clinical immunologist who recently retired from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Newcastle where he served as Foundation Chair of Pathology.

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