I always have been and surely always will be intrigued by bizarre facts and information. The more strange it is, the more interesting it always seems to be!
Thus, I have decided to start a “Bizarre Medicine” category on this blog and will attempt to regularly present some of the more unconventional medical phenomena throughout history and even presently. And what better way to start than at the end… the end of the alimentary canal that is.
So what is a nutrient enema? It’s exactly what it sounds like…. feeding through the rectum. Dating back as far as the ancient Egyptians, nutrient enemas were used when normal feeding wasn’t possible. The technique was not only executed for thousands of years, but highly encouraged by physicians of the 1800s. When U.S. President James A. Garfield was shot in 1881, he underwent the treatment until his eventual death. Fortunately, with the introduction of feeding tubes and IV feeding, the technique is no longer employed by modern physicians.