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November 23, 1912

Life and Letters of Dr. William Beaumont, Including Hitherto Unpublished Data Concerning the Case of Alexis St. Martin.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(21):1912. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110326033

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William Beaumont, the first great American physiologist, was licensed to practice physic and surgery by the Third Medical Society of Vermont in 1812. He had then studied medicine for two years with Dr. Benjamin Chandler in St. Albans. One hundred years later, and fifty-nine years after his death in St. Louis, appears this complete story of his life and work. In the words of Sir William Osler, three generations have now been interested in the work of Beaumont as well as in "that fistulous Alexis" who was the, at times, elusive subject of his remarkable experiments. The chief facts of the life of Beaumont have become well known from the many addresses and sketches that have been printed about him and his work, but authentic sources for an adequate biography became available only recently when a wealth of family papers, records, manuscripts and letters were placed at the disposal of

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