Medical history is full of discoveries made through people self-testing. Michael Mosley of the BBC’s Trust Me I’m A Doctor fame comes to mind, having swallowed tapeworm in a quest to investigate the benefits of parasites in the gut. He struck gold when he inadvertently created the 5:2 diet, developed during efforts to treat his type 2 diabetes.
Closer to home, West Australian doctors Barry Marshall and Robin Warren were awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery that ulcers were caused by bacteria. Marshall infected himself with bacteria, which he treated with antibiotics to prove the point. Previously, patients with ulcers often