Plattsburgh: Allen, 1833. hardcover. 3 illustrations. 280 pages. 8vo, original beige boards with blue cloth spine; covers detached, ownership signature excised from top of title page, scattered foxing throughout. Plattsburgh: F.P. Allen, 1833. First edition. A good copy of this uncommon title. good.
A pioneering work on digestion, based on experiments with patient Alexis St. Martin, whose stomach was exposed by a gunshot wound. Beaumont (1785-1853), a United States Army surgeon, was the first to study digestion and the movements of the stomach in a living person. During the patients recovery, through a permanent fistula, Beaumont was able to observe the process of digestion. Osler, 1972; GM 989.