The Amateur Scientist

Tom Sherman

2012, 05:53 minutes, colour, English


The government is shutting down the flow of scientific information to the public. Information is being privatized. If you want to know something for sure, you have to dig it out for yourself. I want to know about bacterial infections.

I’m building a personal library of pathogens. I’m catching animals and isolating viruses and bacteria from saliva, blood and skin work. I’m making my own vaccines by introducing infections to my own skin and bones and fighting them off one disease at a time. I refuse to use others as guinea pigs. I use my own body as a laboratory. I experiment on myself.

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