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BEAUMONT, William (1785-1853). Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice, and the Physiology of Digestion. Plattsburgh: F.P. Allen, 1833. 8° (224 x 138mm). 3 wood-engraved illustrations. (Light spotting, quire L browned.) Contemporary boards (rebacked largely preserving original backstrip and printed spine label, light stains); modern morocco-backed box. Provenance: contemporary text corrections in pencil -- J.W. Whelpey, Albany (contemporary inscription on front board) -- Herbert Charles Moffitt (1867-1950, Professor of Medicine at Univ. of California; bookplate).

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BEAUMONT, William (1785-1853). Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice, and the Physiology of Digestion. Plattsburgh: F.P. Allen, 1833. 8° (224 x 138mm). 3 wood-engraved illustrations. (Light spotting, quire L browned.) Contemporary boards (rebacked largely preserving original backstrip and printed spine label, light stains); modern morocco-backed box. Provenance: contemporary text corrections in pencil -- J.W. Whelpey, Albany (contemporary inscription on front board) -- Herbert Charles Moffitt (1867-1950, Professor of Medicine at Univ. of California; bookplate).

FIRST EDITION. 'Beaumont was the first to study digestion and the movements of the stomach in vivo. His work on the subject was the most important before Pavlov' (Garrison & Morton 989). As army surgeon at Ft. Mackinac, Michigan, Beaumont treated a gunshot wound which healed leaving a permanent hole in the stomach wall through which he made his experiments and observations. Dibner Heralds, 130; Norman 152; Wellcome II, 123; Waller 805.

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