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Firing irons, probably British, c 1890.

Firing irons, probably British, c 1890.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Firing irons, made of steel and wood, were used by vets as a method of counter-irritation. Other traditional counter-irritation applications included mineral and herbal irritants, masage, and setons. Different degrees of counter-irritation were prescribed, ranging from the mild stimulating properties of a body wash to the extreme burns perpetrated by mineral blisters and firing irons.

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