Can You Name This Strange Old Tool??
**Bessie** 2012/06/29 19:29:48
Can You Name This Strange Old Tool???
Thought you would enjoy this educational moment in American history.
Can you name this strange old tool? Do you know what it is?
Look below, read and learn.
Tobacco Smoke Enemas (1750s – 1810s)
The tobacco enema was used to infuse
tobacco smoke into a patient's rectum for various medical purposes,
primarily the resuscitation of drowning victims.
A rectal tube inserted into the anus was
connected to a fumigator and bellows
that forced the smoke towards the rectum.
The warmth of the smoke was thought to
promote respiration, but doubts about
the credibility of tobacco enemas led to
the popular phrase "blow smoke up one's ass."
This has been reintroduced in Washington D.C. ,
by the Obama Administration.
It will be part of the New Health Care Program.
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