Paul D. Stolley, MD, MPH; Tamar Lasky, PhD
The 1926 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger for the subsequently refuted discovery that gastric carcinoma in rats was caused by the nematode Spiroptera carcinoma. Fibiger's story is worth recounting not only because it teaches us about pitfalls in scientific research and reasoning, but also because it may provide perverse solace for those of us who will never receive the Nobel Prize (but, of course, deserve it).
Johannes Fibiger, shown in Figure 1, was born in Silkeborg, Denmark, in 1867 and received his medical degree in 1890 from the medical school of the
Stolley PD, Lasky T. Johannes Fibiger and His Nobel Prize for the Hypothesis That a Worm Causes Stomach Cancer. Ann Intern Med. 1992;116:765–769. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-9-765
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(9):765-769.
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