William Beaumont was a surgeon in the US Army who practiced medicine in Plattsburgh at the beginning of the 1800s. He is considered the “Father of Gastric Physiology” following his research on human digestion. He published a book in 1833 printed by F.P. Allen in Plattsburgh entitled “Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice, and the Physiology of Digestion”. I am using his name to honor his legacy as an extraordinary physician and keep alive this important part of Plattsburgh history.
From an address before the St. Louis Medical Society, Oct 4, 1902:
“Beaumont is the pioneer physiologist of this country, the first to make an important and enduring contribution to this science. His work remains a model of patient, persevering investigation, experiment and research, and the highest praise we can give him is to say that he lived up to and fulfilled the ideals with which he set out and which he expressed when he said: “Truth, like beauty, when ‘unadorned, is adorned the most’,and, in prosecuting these experiments and enquiries, I believe I have been guided by its light”.
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