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Dr. William Beaumont Papers, 1802-1964

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Identifier: A0100

Title: Dr. William Beaumont Papers, 1802-1964


Dr. William Beaumont was born November 21, 1785, in Lebanon, Connecticut. He was a physician in the United States Army and gained fame from his experiments regarding the digestive system, which he conducted on Alexis St. Martin. He became known as one of the first American physiologists with the publishing of his book, Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice and the Physiology of Digestion, in 1833. In 1835, he was transferred to Jefferson Barracks and later set up private practice in St. Louis. He was a charter member of the St. Louis Medical Society and was chosen professor of surgery at the first St. Louis University Medical College. He died April 25, 1853, in St. Louis.

The collection contains letters of Dr. Beaumont, which were transcribed by Mrs. Max Myer from the collection of letters at Washington University. They pertain to Dr. Beaumont's military and medical career, personal life, business matters and associates. Interesting description of the St. Martin experiments. Beaumont family genealogical chart, no date.

1 box; 1 oversize folder

Cite as: Dr. William Beaumont Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1802-1964

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Beaumont, William, 1785-1853

Subjects: Human experimentation in medicine
Armed Forces
Medical care


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