It was through the good offices of a sword-swallower that the Scotch physician, Dr.Edward Stevens, was enabled to make his experiments on digestion in 1777.
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where he received public support from Alexander Hamilton and became embroiled in a controversy with Benjamin Rush over methods of treating yellow fever in the great epidemic of that year.
On 18 April 1794 he was admitted to the American Philosophical Society, and the following year he was appointed professor of the practice of medicine in Kings College (later Columbia University).
T'ang Dynasty Illustration mid 8th century Chinese Ling Troupe 1915 Chinese Sword swallower 1915 Chinese Sword swallower Shanghai 1920s Chinese Sword swallower Shanghai 1920s Sword swallower in Shanghai Chinese Sword swallower 1927 Sword swallowing was popular in Japan in the 8th century and was often seen as part of an acrobatic form of entertainment known as Sangaku, which also featured juggling, tightrope walking, contortion, and other related skills.
Sword swallowing began to die out in Europe and Scandinavia in the late 1800s, when variety shows were formally outlawed in Sweden in 1893.
They were filled, according to Reaumer's method, with pieces of meat.
Stevens inaugural dissertation, De alimentorum concoctione, (1777) presented with ingenuity and insight his experiments and observations on gastric digestion, and clearly confirmed him as the first investigator to isolate human gastric juice.
He undoubtedly was familiar with Stevens work; indeed, his experiments with bullfrogs and small frogs are reminiscent of Stevens observations of partially digested small fish inside larger ones.
According to a June, 1939 article in Tops Magazine, an Independent Magazine of Magic entitled "Primitive Sword Swallowing", a primitive tribe in Papua New Guinea uses a form of "vine-swallowing" in the initiation rites of teens being initiated into adulthood.
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