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Dr William Beaumont

Dr William Beaumont

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Death 25 Apr 1853 (aged 67)
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 50, Lot 71
Memorial ID 9315 · View Source
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Medical Pioneer. Beaumont was a schoolteacher as a young man, becoming a doctor after reading under another physician and training in an apprenticeship. He was approved by the state of Vermont to practice in 1812. Dr. Beaumont then served as an Army surgeon during the war of 1812, and later served at a post at Fort Mackinac. There, in June of 1822, he treated Alexis St. Martin, the victim of an accidental gunshot wound. Thinking his patient would die, the doctor provided pallative care, but the patient survived with the abdominal wound never closing. After three years of employing St. Martin as a handyman, Dr. Beaumont began a series of experiments on the wound, including dangling food tied to silk string into the opening to visualize digestion and removing acid from the stomach to analyze. 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". Beaumont's practices and series of experimentations have been considered unethical by some, but his findings were instumental in the study of digestion and gastric processes.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 19 May 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9315
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr William Beaumont (21 Nov 1785–25 Apr 1853), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9315, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .