Demons Attacking a Man with Enemas
An army of demons armed with “clysters”, one of which is a huge cannon, attack a man tied to a tree. The vintage illustration is an early form of medical ‘satire’, dating around 1800, depicting the awful experience of having an enema. One of the demons is even holding a hammer, suggesting that he is going to insert his clyster into the man with extreme force.
Clyster is an archaic word for enema, more particularly for enemas administered using a clyster syringe pictured above. Clysters were used from the 1600’s to the end of the 1800’s.
An enema is the procedure of introducing liquids into the rectum and colon via the anus. The increasing volume of the liquid causes rapid expansion of the lower intestinal tract, making the procedure extremely painful.