Large ivory enema syringe with piston action, French, 18th century.

Image number: 10422972

Large ivory enema syringe with piston action, French, 18th century.

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.

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10422972
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
18 March 2004 09:28
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Science Museum
 

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