1785 – Prairie du Chien Physiologist Born

On this date was born. Beaumont served as a surgeon at  in Prairie du Chien during the War of 1812.  After the War he moved to the northwest where he met and treated . Beaumont studied Martin for many years, using his open wound to learn about digestion. With rudimentary medical tools (a spool of thread, scissors, thermometer, and various types of food), Beaumont conducted 238 highly scientific experiments that were later published in The dietetic table he created has changed very little over the years and all subsequent experiments of digestion were based on his findings. [Source: by Fred L. Holmes, p.136-150]