1870's MALE GONORRHEA SYPHILIS SYRINGE DUG IN TRASH PIT

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  • Sold Date: Aug 05,2007
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An early part glass and part hard rubber or India rubber male gonorrhea syringe which was dug from an 1870's trash pit. This little syringe was used to inject liquid cures for gonorrhea or syphilis directly into the penis.....ouch! The syringe consists of a clear glass tube with black hard rubber pointed tip and plunger. It also has a brown hard rubber or gutta percha threaded cap, which could be removed easily for cleaning. It measures 5"long (7 1/2"with plunger withdrawn out). I can find no embossing anyw EXCELLENT NEAR MINT CONDITION with no chips, cracks or damage of any kind. It has some light scratches on inside of tube from the plunger wearing on the surface of glass. Even though this syringe was buried since the 1800's, it cleaned up real nice. I'll be listing some more of these rare and interesting gonorrhea syringes from my own personal collection. READ ON FOR SOME INTERESTING HISTORY OF THESE V.D.SYRINGES IN RELATION TO THE CIVIL WAR.

Mike Woshner, in his excellent book "India Rubber and Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era" has done a lot of good historical research on these syringes. I quote from page 224 from a subheading called GONORRHEA SYRINGES:

"T were 73,382 cases of syphilis and 95,833 cases of gonorrhea among members of the Union forces during the Civil War"...(of course, thats just the REPORTED cases and doesnt even take into account how many Confederate soldiers also contracted V.D.)...."Most of the smaller syringes found in collections today are some version of the gonorrhea syringe that was used to treat that disease. Male versions with different styles of "tips" and female versions resembling test tubes with small holes at the tip were sold at the time.

The HOSPITAL STEWARDS' MANUAL,(1863), stated, "Injections by the urethra are frequently employed, especially in cases of gonorrhea. For this purpose small syringes of hard India-rubber or of glass, containing about 1/2 oz., are furnished with the medical supplies. " The Confederate Regimental Dispensing Kit recommended the inclusion of "3 penis syringes."

In his book, A TREATISE ON GONORRHEA AND SYPHILIS(1864), Dr.Silas Durkee admits that the use of local injections to cure disease in the male patient is a very controversial subject. He states that the syringe must be handled in the "most adroit and cautious manner by the surgeon." Various chemical solutions were used, including nitrate of silver, potash, red bark with nitric acid, etc. One of the more common solutions involved mercury, which gave rise to the old sailor's warning about sexual indiscretions, "AN EVENING WITH VENUS; A MONTH WITH MERCURY." Although these treatments were widely approved by surgeons and doctors, they often caused inflammations of the bladder and urethra. The treatment would have been extremely painful, but many men chose this "quick cure" in order to maintain their normal and domestic lives. Many soldiers brought syphilis and gonorrhea back home with them, because I've personally dug many of these V.D.syringes and various cure bottles for syphilis and gonorrhea all over the country in privy pits well after the Civil War.

Female patients were treated with these syringe injections even more widely than male patients. Dr.Durkee, mentioned earlier, is quoted as saying "...THE VAGINA WILL TOLERATE AN INJECTION OF HIGHER STRENGTH THAN WOULD BE PROPER FOR THE MALE URETHRA."

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