Two metal buttons showing an enema treatment, Germany, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in Germany
maker:
Unknown

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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.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A63621
type:
button
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • fastener
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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