The subtle microbe

  title={The subtle microbe},
  author={Duncan Colin-Jones},
“Ulcer Wars” described the discovery in 1982 of Helicobacter pylori by Dr Barry Marshall in Perth, Australia, and tried to assess the impact of this organism on human disease. Many stories of medical advances are painstaking and dull, but not this. The programme was colourful, slightly offbeat, even irreverent. These ingredients made a good story with an appreciable educational content along the way, aided by a clear, well pitched narrative. However, like so many documentaries these days, it…