Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Obama Administration Reintroduces Old Device
Can you feel it yet?


The tobacco enema (popular from the 1750s to the early 1800s) 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.”

No doubt, its use will be covered in the Obama health plan.

4 Comments:

Blogger THE HERESY HUNTER said...

Bummer.

12:05 AM  
Blogger TheSeeker said...

NICE!!

8:04 AM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

That sounds like the worst day ever. You're drowning, get dragged out of the water and some helpful person shoves a tobacco enema into you.

12:10 PM  
Blogger The Rockin' Traddy said...

This is the most under appreciated blog post ever. I love it!

2:34 PM  

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