Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tool time tip

Thought you would enjoy this educational moment.
Can you name this strange old tool? 
Do you know what it is?

Tobacco Smoke Enema Kit (1750’s – 1810’s)

The tobacco enema was used to infuse tobacco smoke into a patient’s rectum for various medical purposes, but primarily the resuscitation of drowning victims.

A rectal tube inserted into the anus was connected to a fumigator and bellows that forced the smoke into the rectum. 

The warmth of the smoke was thought to promote respiration.

Doubts about the credibility of tobacco enemas led to the popular phrase blowing smoke up your arse.”

As you would expect, this odd tool is still up until today used by all levels of the government.

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