The Most Painful Medical Procedures Of Medieval Times

Published November 12, 2012
Updated December 11, 2019

Painful Medical Procedures Of Medieval Times: Clysters

Despite its rather draconian and monstrous appearance, the clyster was essentially a proto-enema enjoyed by many people–even King Louis XIV.

Consisting of a long metallic tube, the clyster was inserted into the body directly through the anus so that various liquids could pass through it. Some historians speculate that Louis had over 2,000 clyster applications during his reign.

Medieval Clysters

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