At England’s University of Nottingham, a bewilderingly intrepid researcher took it upon himself to infect himself with a hookworm, to test out this freaky parasitic beastie’s capacity to suppress immunologic response. Now I’m all for taking a bullet for a good cause (this is only in theory, as I work in an office), but I would literally rather take a bullet, than have this incarnation of my nightmares anywhere near my tender squishy innards.
If I were to represent my revulsion graphically, the following -a description of research methods in Papua New Guinea- would look like Black Tuesday.
“We didn’t speak the language, and we were sparsely equipped,” he recalled. “But we established a rapport with the people. We gave them worm tablets and would ask them politely, in pidgin English, to collect their fecal matter in buckets for us.”
Needless to say, I did not finish the article.
I am an abomination