Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances: Eradicating Helicobacter Pylori Infections to Treat Ulcers

24 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2019

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Amar Bhide

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Srikant Datar

Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit

Katherine Stebbins

Harvard Business School

Date Written: July 19, 2019

Abstract

We describe how a chance discovery of bacteria that infect stomach linings completely changed how physicians treat ulcers. Specifically, we chronicle how: 1) two Australian physicians brought the bacterial infection to the world’s attention and challenged the conventional view that stomach acidity caused ulcers; 2) a global community of researchers helped corroborate the Australians’ findings and developed convenient tests and effective treatments; and 3) these tests and treatments were gradually, but not immediately, adopted.

Keywords: Health Care and Treatment, Technological Innovation, Innovation Strategy, Technology Adoption, Collaborative Innovation and Invention, Innovation and Invention, Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms

Suggested Citation

Bhide, Amar and Datar, Srikant and Stebbins, Katherine, Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances: Eradicating Helicobacter Pylori Infections to Treat Ulcers (July 19, 2019). Harvard Business School Accounting & Management Unit Working Paper No. 20-006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3429959 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3429959

Amar Bhide

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Srikant Datar (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit ( email )

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Katherine Stebbins

Harvard Business School ( email )

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Boston, MA 02163
United States

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