Episode 33: Dollop: The Stomach Men

Put that sandwich between his ass cheeks, I’m going to give it a running kick!”

–Gareth

Okay, let’s just say it: Beaumont became the “Father of Gastric Physiology” by stalking and fishing for food in his stalking victim’s body. Okay? Okay. And ew.

Look at that face. He is undressing you with his eyes...and wondering if you have any extra holes.
Look at that face. He is undressing you with his eyes…and wondering if you have any extra holes.

Alexis was only 18 years old in 1822 when he was accidentally shot, and became Beaumont’s guinea pig. The experiments continued until Alexis St. Martin was an old 29, in 1833. 29 going on 69, no doubt. He gained some vitality back after the creepy dude stopped fishing for pork rinds in his gut, I’m sure. Ye gods and little fishes.

Also, he wasn’t just stalked, he was trapped. From Alexis’ Wikipedia profile:

Alexis St. Martin allowed the experiments to be conducted, not as an act to repay Beaumont for keeping him alive, but rather because Beaumont had the illiterate St. Martin sign a contract to work as a servant.

Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont * Jason Karlawish

Looks like a blimp to me. Except for the nipple.
From Beaumont’s book: Looks like a blimp to me. Except for the nipple.

Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice: and the Physiology of Digestion * William Beaumont

Beaumont Papers at the US National Library of Medicine

William Beaumont at findagrave, St. Louis, Missouri

Alexis St. Martin at findagrave, Quebec, Canada (and intact)

Bands from this episode:

  • Second Anus
  • Stalking Hole
  • Open Wound
  • Fishing for Food
  • Gastricjuice

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