6 Most Badass Self-Inflicted Medical Experiments

Scientists sometimes have an experiment in mind that would be unethical, or more likely too dangerous, to ask volunteers to submit to. If the scientist wants to know the answer badly enough, he (these six are all men) may just use himself as the experimental subject, no matter what the danger. You'd have to be pretty curious to inject yourself with a deadly disease like cholera.
Pettenkofer was a late 19th century medical researcher and public health advocate who developed the very first large-scale pure-water system in Munich, Germany. And even though that's probably very impressive, from now until the day you die, if you remember anything about Pettenkofer, it will be this: Max Josef von Pettenkofer drank a steaming cup of cholera bacteria that he cultured from a patient's diarrhea bombs.

Yeah, he got sick. But he didn't get sick enough to die, and Pettenkofer considered that proof of his theory that the cholera bacterium needed a victim who practiced poor sanitation. Of course, one could argue that without poor sanitation, the bacterium wouldn't be spread, outside of scientists who ingested it on purpose. Anyway, read about Pettenkofer and five other scientists at Cracked. Link

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@Randy yes your explanation is correct, but this information is from cracked and they don't let little things like facts get in the way of writing a line like: "Max Josef von Pettenkofer drank a steaming cup of cholera bacteria that he cultured from a patient’s diarrhea bombs."

Cracked seems to be aimed at 13 year old boys. You can take just about anything you read on Cracked and turn it down from 11 to 1 and you might just have something like the truth.
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Well, actually, Pettenkofer procured the vial of vibrio from Koch's lab, and all he got was a little diarrhea himself. By the time he received the sample from Koch, the virulence of the bacteria was likely greatly diminished, and as a wealthy man, Pettenkofer likely had a very healthy diet. Cholera bacteria will succumb very easily to stomach acids and a healthy immune system -- that's one reason Asiatic cholera is a disease of the poor. That said, Pettenkofer's ideas of sanitary saved a great many lives in the nineteenth century, especially with Asiatic cholera. They cleaned up the cities, and cholera is a disease of filth. So, there's no reason to disparage him for not endorsing germ theory. There are plenty of theories today we all endorse that will seem pretty naive in a few generations, but that doesn't demean the work we do to make the world a better place.
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