In the last 100 years medical knowledge has advanced faster than at any time in history. Much of this progress is owed to the bravery of a few pioneering researchers who used themselves as human guinea pigs; the unlikely heroes who decided the only ethical thing to do was to perform the first experiments on themselves.

Gruesomely compelling with surprising insights, this four-part documentary series, Medical Mavericks, tells the stories of how self experimentation has contributed to medicine's greatest breakthroughs. Stories include the history of anaesthetics, self-experimentation with infectious diseases, the sometimes desperate measures taken in the hunt for vaccines, and the discoveries of the links between food and health.

Film Duration: 59 min