chapter  19
William Beaumont (1785-1853)
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William Beaumont (1785-1853), American-trained physician and frontier mili­ tary surgeon, learned medicine through an apprenticeship under Dr. Benjamin Chandler who believed in the European monistic theories that relied on a single cause for all diseases.1 John Brown, Benjamin Rush, and William Cullen were Chandler’s favorite intellectual mentors. The young Beaumont followed his master’s lead, accepting the same medical mentors.