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Volume Listing > Volume 04 > Doctor William Beaumont: his life in Mackinac and Wisconsin, 1820-1834

Martin, Deborah Beaumont, d. 1931 "Doctor William Beaumont: his life in Mackinac and Wisconsin, 1820-1834"


Doctor William Beaumont, His Life in Mackinac and Wisconsin, 1820-1834: This article (which includes photographs) reviews the life (1785-1853) of the celebrated doctor who first discovered how human digestion works. After describing his youth in New England, his service in the War of 1812, and his trip west in 1820 through the Erie Canal, it focuses on Beaumont's career in the Great Lakes. It includes rich detail about Green Bay in 1820, Fort Howard, the American Fur Co. and its officers Ramsay Crooks (1787-1859) and Robert Stuart (1785-1843). It also details the experiments Beaumont conducted on Alexis St. Martin (1794-1880) that led to his 1833 book, Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice and the Physiology of Digestion. (17 pages)

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Citation: Martin, Deborah Beaumont, d. 1931 "Doctor William Beaumont: his life in Mackinac and Wisconsin, 1820-1834" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 04 /Issue: 3 (1920-1921)

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