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Enema syringe, France, 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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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.