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August 19, 2009

Experiments and ObservationsHow William Beaumont and Alexis St. Martin Seized the Moment of Scientific Progress

JAMA. 2009;302(7):804-806. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1212

Nestled along the clear blue straits between the great lakes called Michigan and Huron is an oblong and verdant island. Centuries ago, the Chippewa and Ottawa tribes named it Michilimackinac, or “the great turtle.” Referred to today as Mackinac but pronounced “Mackinaw,” this tiny land mass attracts tourists by the millions seeking its calming waters, grand hotels, attractive vistas, bicycle paths, and tons of a sticky, sweet confection made of butter, milk, sugar, cocoa, and a touch of vanilla, called Mackinac fudge.

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