Two metal buttons, one depicts a doctor administering on enema, the other shows the patient defecating with the doctor looking on, executed in repousse, German
The metal button on the left shows a physician administering an enema. An enema introduces liquids such as medications or purgatives into the body via the rectum – a once very common medical procedure. This enema was clearly aimed at flushing out the body as the button on the right shows the patient on a chamber pot watched by the physician. Not much is known about why the buttons were made or who might have worn them.
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- component - object
- furnishing and equipment
- container - receptacle
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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