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We all recognize the importance of rest in the treatment and cure of disease, yet in hemorrhoids and rectal troubles we have never been able to apply this, for the reason that we must defecate daily and have never had a way for avoiding it, or of doing it artificially. To secure this much needed rest to the diseased parts I have had constructed an instrument which may be called an artificial defecator and irrigator.
I have found that it suits the purpose, i. e., it evacuates the bowels without any expulsory effort, or contraction of the perineal or sphincter ani muscles, thus giving the needed rest. I have used this instrument for six months and find it not only indispensable to patients suffering from hemorrhoids and rectal troubles, but also useful after all serious surgical operations, fractures of the lower limbs, accouchement cases, in all low types of fever,
BARGER RN. The Artificial Defecator and Irrigator.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(20):1273–1274. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610200031017a