Medicine's purported ostracism of the discovery of H. pylori -- to some extent, as we shall see, fostered by one of its discoverers -- has achieved a mythical quality.
But it isn't true. I have no reason to doubt that many physicians scoffed when first faced with the notion of a bacterial basis for peptic ulcer disease (PUD). It is not the case, however, that the medical mainstream dogmatically rejected the proposal for an undue period of time. A brief history shows that the hypothesis was accepted right on schedule, but only after "appropriate initial skepticism" [...] was satisfactorily answered.