Medicine: The Clyster Craze

A Brooklyn specialist, Dr. William Lieberman, is one of the foremost U.S. authorities on the history of the enema. Last week, in the Review of Gastroenterology, he wrote with scholarly authority on his cathartic theme.

Ancient Art. The origin of the enema is veiled in the mist of antiquity. The Hindu Vedas hint of its use in 2000 B.C. In the sth Century Herodotus noted that "the Egyptians clear themselves on three consecutive days every month." The Egyptians learned the art, said the Roman Naturalist Pliny, from the long-beaked ibis, who "washes the...

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