Did You Just Eat Breakfast?


This one time in the 19th century, some guys were hanging out in a store when a shotgun accidently went off, wounding one Alex St Martin in the stomach, exposing his breakfast and his digestive system.

While the part about the breakfast is completely upsetting, the uncovering of the human digestive anatomy was actually both helpful and upsetting. This all happened during that stomach-scientific revolution where “gurgling” was being identified and distinguished from “splashing” and “ringing,” the subject of Ian Miller’s book, A Modern History of the Stomach: Gastric Illness, Medicine and British Society: 1800-1950, all fodder for this essay in the London Review of Books, “Gutted.”

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