Ulcer Wars (1994)

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Shows how hard it is to promote research which threatens established beliefs and lacks commercial backing, citing as example the experience of the Australian doctor, Barry Marshall who discovered a causal link between the bacterium `Helicobacter pylori' and peptic ulcers. His discoveries contradicted the long-held view of the medical world that ulcers are caused by stress and should be treated with drugs to reduce stomach acid or by surgery - a view that some drug companies wish to perpetuate. The programme also explores evidence that the same bacterium is a cause of stomach cancer, and features a man whose stomach cancer was cured by antibiotics.

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