Enema syringes, 18th-19th century.

Image number: 10308995

Enema syringes, 18th-19th century.

Three piston action syringes. The middle one is made from ivory and is French, 18th century. The one on the right is made from vulcanite plastic and leather, late 19th century, and the smaller one is brass with an ivory nozzle, late 19th century, and made by Arnold and Sons of 35 and 36 West Smithfield, London. Treating patients by means of an enema, the introduction of liquid into the rectum, dates back to ancient Egypt. Today, enemas are administered before certain types of 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 all kinds of complaints, even ailments as minor as indigestion or headaches.

Image number:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 14:06
Image rights:
Science Museum

Related Images

2 related image(s)