Enema syringe, France, 1855-1900

1855-1900 in France

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Reservoir for an Eguisier's enema, French, 1855-1900

Medicinal liquids or water were stored in the brass reservoir to be pumped through the green tubing and inserted into the rectum as an enema. Enemas were a popular way of giving medical treatments until the 1850s when the hypodermic syringe slowly came into use. The machine is named after its inventor, Eguisier, who was a French doctor.

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enema syringe
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • enema equipment

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