In a recent article, The Times looks back at physicians who have experimented on themselves. The headline? "Doctors who had a taste of their own medicine." There's a long history of physicians volunteering for their own trials. For example, some historians believe that famed 18th-century surgeon John Hunter purposely gave himself gonorrhoea. And in the 19th century, Horace Wells brought laughing gas out of traveling fairs and into his dental practice after first huffing some himself while one of his pals yanked a tooth. From the article:
Probably the most spectacular example is Barry Marshall, the Australian gastroenterologist who proved his theory that most stomach ulcers are caused by the common bacteria Helicobacter pylori by drinking a mixture containing the bug in 1982.
The familiar symptoms of gastritis appeared within days. Professor Marshall and his colleague, Robin Warren, shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine last year in recognition of their discovery, which transformed a chronic condition, previously thought to be caused by stress and treated with surgery or life-long medication, into an easily treatable complaint that can be eradicated with a short course of antibiotics.
Recent self-experimenters have included Pradeep Seth, an Indian microbiologist who injected himself in 2003 with a potential vaccine he had developed for HIV. While it had been tested on animals, the vaccine had not been cleared for human trials. Although his action, which had no adverse effects, was condemned by colleagues, Seth has no regrets. “There is always a place for self-experiment in science,” he says.
This gadget does exactly as promised: it looks like a thumbdrive (sort of) and fries the circuitry of any computer it’s plugged into. It’s made from camera flash parts, is charged with a standard AA battery, and delivers a 300V zap of DC destruction to the port for all your USB-murdering needs. Note that this […]
The Cobham catalog, exposed by The Intercept, features countless pages of surveillance gadgets sold to U.S. police to spy on American citizens: tiny black boxes with a big interest in you. In the creepily bland feature lists and nerdy product names is a whisper of a dark future; perhaps darker than anyone can imagine.
This image depicts the most commonly-found stylesheet colors on the web’s top sites—Paul Hebert did an amazing amount of analysis and this is just one of the intriguing visualizations he came up with. Most of these are obvious staples, especially HTML red and blue, though it’s interesting how far the blue “cluster” is from the […]
The Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0 is one of the Boing Boing Store’s best-selling Mac bundles yet, and it’s about to come to an end. If you don’t get your copy now, here’s what you’ll be missing:This bundle comes packing 9 top-rated Mac apps in one package, at the hugely discounted price of just $23.99. […]
The Boing Boing Store’s Gift Guide is full of ideas for pretty much anyone in your life like hipster ice cub trays, Xbox controllers, Halo Boards, and even diamond necklaces. As always, all products in the Boing Boing Store come at great discounts, too. Shop by price bucket starting at under $20. Under $20:Bloxx Jumbo Ice Trays […]
Unlike traditional lighters, the SaberLight features an electronic plasma beam that’s both rechargeable and butane-free. This sleek lighter is even approved by TSA, so you’ll never be stuck buying lighters you’ll just have to throw away partially used. For some people, like me, this is a pretty big game-changer. The SaberLight’s beam is actually both hotter and cleaner […]