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Ivory enema syringe, France, 1701-1800

Enemas were used to insert liquids into the rectum as medical treatments. This syringe is made from ivory. Enemas are still used today as a method for delivering medicines into the body, treatment for constipation or as part of alternative medical traditions.

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A606599

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Glossary: enema syringe

A syringe for adminstering enemas

Glossary: enema

A liquid injected into the anus. Enemas can be carried out for medical reasons, as a treatment for constipation, or as a way to give drugs.