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  1. Melissa
    Melissa at |

    "Today in the United States, Albert Sabin’s oral polio vaccination is used exclusively."

    Singularly untrue. In fact, some studies have shown less resistance to the polio virus when relying exclusively on the oral vaccine. Some physicians recommend at least one vaccination by injection, even if the others in the series are oral.

  2. Charlie
    Charlie at |

    Consider adding Robin Warren to this list. He proved that H.Pylori bacteria were involved in stomach ulcers by infecting himself. He rec'd the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2005 along with a colleague.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H_pylori

    especially the history section.

  3. Dani
    Dani at |

    What about the Curies?

  4. Diana
    Diana at |

    Barry Marshall – he established that H. pylori causes ulcers by swallowing the bacteria himself (showing that the bacterium fulfilled Koch's postulates for being the causative agent of a disease).

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous at |

    What about the guy who found ecstasy ??

    XUSNLT at |

    Dani, I agree! The Curies did work with an instrument that almost all of us know – X-ray Machines and, more specifically, X-Rays themselves. I'd put them at the top of the list for the worldwide benefit gained coupled with the tragedy of their deaths.

  7. Christian
    Christian at |

    Alexander Shulgin

  8. Korinthian
    Korinthian at |

    Explain why a man whose discoveries lead to nothing more than a new way of weighing poo is number 2 on this list?

  9. AidanSaul
    AidanSaul at |

    Dr. Evan Oneill Kane – in order to prove to the medical community that for many small operations general anesthesia was not necessary – used local anesthesia to perform an appendectomy (removal of the appendix).

    The patient was himself.

  10. Susie
    Susie at |

    According to the CDC, the oral polio vaccine has not been used in the US since 2000.

  11. J
    J at |

    There was also an Australian scientist working on jellyfish (marine stingers) that stung himself and his son so that he could observe the effects.. badass mofo


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