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three engravings in text. In original printer's boards with new endpapers and spine cloth. 8vo, pp. 280. All three wood engravings present and in good condition. Small rubber (name) stamp on title page-no other markings. Beaumont (1785-1853), a U.S. Army surgeon stationed at isolated Fort Mackinac in northern Michigan in 1822, attended upon a French-Canadian voyageur, Alexis St. Martin, who had been severly wounded by gunshot to the stomach. A permanent gastric fistula formed in the wound, through which Beaumont was able to view the stomach's contents during the process of digestion. During the next eight years, although St. Martin was often away hunting and trapping, Beaumont periodically met up with his patient to continue his observations. At one point, he extracted a specimen of St. Martin's gastric juices and sent the sample for analysis, where free hydrochloric acid was found. Beaumont's book is a remarkable example of brilliant clinical investigation performed under almost primitive conditions. (Beaumont, by the way, eventually lost touch with St. Martin, who was said to have lived for another 45 years and fathered 20 children). Approximately the top half of the original title page of this copy was missing and has now been expertly restored with a facsimile repair. Similarly, there was spotty loss to the paper of pages 23/24, which has now been repaired with japon paper (no loss of text). The contents are foxed throughout, but quite readable. The Errata page (p. 289) is present at the end of the book. Beaumont commissioned a printing of about 1, 000 copies of this book, from a local Plattsburgh, NY, printer (where Beaumont was spending a leave), and the quality of the printer's work was not very high. Notable Medical Books, p. 185; G-M 989; Heirs of Hippocrates 834.
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