Podcast #3: Alexis St. Martin - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast #3: Alexis St. Martin

Run Time: 3 minutes220px-st_martin_alexis

Author: Dr. Christopher Holmes

Educational Pearls:

  • Shot with musket to upper abdomen in 1822 on Mackinac Island – survived standard of care of blood letting and cathartics – was left with a fistula from his stomach to his abdominal wall.
  • Alexis St. Martin was illiterate and signed a contract with Dr. William Beaumont, who then performed unethical experiments on the patient – William Beaumont was hailed as a great physician for his discoveries through his unethical experiments on Alexis St. Martin.

References:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459/

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