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The story of Alexis St. Martin ranks among the most interesting in modern scientific literature, and has been read by gentlemen of the medical profession throughout the civilized world. Probably there is not a physician, young or old, or a medical student, well advanced, reading this article, that has not become familiar with the name of Dr. Beaumont, on account of the scientific data which he gave to the world by his experiments on the stomach of St. Martin.
Born in Connecticut in 1796. Practiced two years in Burlington, Vt., and one year with Dr. Chandler of Champlain. Went to Plattsburgh early in the century, appointed surgeon in the U. S. Army in 1812, in which position he served some 25 years. He died in St. Louis in 1853.
His book entitled "Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice and the Physiology of Digestion," is a standard work, and acknowledged authority all over the civilized world, as he was enabled to make experiments and discoveries which no other man ever made.