Pewter enema syringe piston-action, with vaginal nozzle, 18th or 19th century
Treating patients via an enema dates back to ancient Egypt. It was a common treatment during the 1800s when stimulants such as tobacco and coffee were used alongside other substances. This piston-action enema syringe is made of pewter and was a multi-purpose tool. It has a vaginal nozzle attached and originally may have had a rectal one too. Enemas are now administered before certain surgery to wash out the lower bowel as a hygiene measure, or to introduce medications, salts or minerals into the body. In the past they were prescribed for complaints and ailments as minor as indigestion or headaches.
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- enema syringe
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- enema equipment
- Ugo, B.
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