In 18th-century Europe, They Used To Blow Tobacco Air Up The A*ses Of Drowning People To Save Their Life. Strangely, It Didn’t Work

tobacco smoke enema

Have you ever heard about medical treatments that involved  tobacco smoke enema? Apparently, it was a real hoot back in the day. In fact, it was a widespread method used to try to help people in near-drowning situations throughout Europe.

tobacco smoke enema

More precisely, the method was generally accepted in cases of near-drowning in the second half of the 18th century. Namely, the device consisted of a rectal tube inserted into the anus, at the end of which there was a bellow. The smoke was injected into the anus with the use of that bellow.

tobacco smoke enema

Needless to say, the tobacco smoke enema treatment was rarely successful.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco_smoke_enema