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Alexis Bidagan St. Martin
Birth: Apr. 18, 1794
Quebec, Canada
Death: Jun. 24, 1880
Quebec, Canada

Historic medical personality. The victim of an accidental gunshot wound to the abdomen on June 6th, 1822 while working as a voyageur on Mackinac Island, St. Martin became a patient of Dr. William Beaumont. Dr. Beaumont felt the gunshot wound would prove fatal and provided pallative care, but to the surprise of all, St. Martin recovered from the injury with one exception, the open wound in his abdomen did not heal. Unable to continue working in his previous occupation, St. Martin began working for Dr. Beaumont. Three years after his accident, he became the source of numerous medical experiments performed by the doctor, including dangling food tied to silk string into the opening to visualize digestion and removing acid from the stomach to analyze. St. Martin grew weary of the experiments and moved back to Canada in 1826 where he married Marie Joly and began a family. In 1829, however, he and his family relocated to Wisconsin to work with Dr. Beaumont once again. He continued this cycle of working with Beaumont and leaving a total of three times. The results of these experiments conducted on St. Martin became the source for Beaumont's medical text "Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice and the Physiology of Digestion, 1833". 
 
Burial:
Saint Thomas Parish Cemetery
Joliette
Lanaudiere Region
Quebec, Canada
 
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Record added: Dec 12, 2006
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Alexis Bidagan St. Martin
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