Removing Foreign Bodies

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The book offered advice to qualifying surgeons and was called ‘Short Practice of Surgery’ by Bailey & Love (1992).

The variety of foreign bodies that have found their way into the human rectum is hardly less remarkable than the ingenuity used in their removal.

A turnip has been removed per anum (eh?!) by the use of obstetric forceps.  A stick firmly planted has been removed by the insertion of a gimlet into its lower end.  A tumbler, mouth downwards has been extracted by filling the interior with a wet Plaster of Paris bandage, leaving the end of the bandage protruding, and allowing the plaster to set.

Other items include a pepper pot.a dildo, and several carrots!

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