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Tobacco resuscitator kit, late 18th century.

Tobacco resuscitator kit, late 18th century.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


This apparatus was used to revive people who were apparently 'dead', by making use of tobacco's stimulant qualities. The bellows were used to blow tobacco smoke up the rectum, or into the lungs through the nose or mouth. Tobacco enemas were popular from the 17th to the early 19th century.

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