History: Forget CPR. Blowing smoke up the butts of drowned patients used to be the in thing
From ancient civilisations to prerevolutionary France, the history of the enema is awash with fans of the colonic cure-all.
References to enemas, or clysters, are found in the medical papyri of ancient Egypt, where physicians specialising in proctology had the rather special title of neru phuyt — or ‘guardians of the anus’.
The cleansing therapy was believed to treat a wide variety of ailments