Young’s Rectal Dilators

These things were widely advertised in newspapers during the early 20th Century, promoted as a "guaranteed cure" for just about everything, but particularly for piles and constipation. As the American Journal of Gastroenterology notes, they do actually have some legitimate medical uses. But in 1940 the federal government sued the Dr. Young company for making misleading claims, and after that the ads stopped appearing in newspapers. Read more about the history of these dilators at The Quack Doctor.

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 14, 2015
     Category: Medicine


"May be used by any intelligent person." Does one have to pass some test?
Posted by KDP on 01/14/15 at 09:34 AM
I'll stick with Milk of Magnesia. That opening is a "one way street" so to speak.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 01/14/15 at 09:44 AM
Dr. Young was making a killing BUTT the gubment put a PLUG in his business.

Any stock that was left over ended up 'under the counter' and those stores that sold those filthy magazines to degenerates and sailors.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/14/15 at 10:30 AM
Dr.Young is not Capt. Kirk!
His products are not the starship Enterprise!
And they are not going where no man has gone before! :coolsmile: :lol:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 01/14/15 at 11:30 AM
"Use them thirty days...bring them back..." wow.
Posted by meltemi on 01/14/15 at 11:37 AM
BrokeDad, that's my remedy too. I mix mine with some orange juice and vodka. I call it a Phillips screwdriver.
Posted by Upton O'Goode on 01/14/15 at 11:49 AM
Kind of shaped like Florida. Coincidence?
Posted by F.U.D. on 01/14/15 at 01:37 PM
Eeny, Meeny, Jelly Beanie, the spirits are about to speak!

F.U.D. I see a geography lesson in your future.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/14/15 at 01:43 PM
This joke may pre-date Florence Nightengale.
... The nurse walks into a hospital ward of wounded soldiers.

HALT- WHO goes there? Friend or enema?
Posted by BMN on 01/14/15 at 03:14 PM
One man's tools are another man's toys.
"Phillips screwdriver" :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/14/15 at 06:49 PM
@meltemi - that was my immediate thought, too. Ewww.

I LOLed at Phillips Screwdriver, too.

@BMN - groooooooaaaaaaaaannnnnnnn!

It's amazing the things that used to be sold as medical devices that, these days, are sex toys.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 01/15/15 at 08:46 AM
Heard this today:
What do you call a Philippino contortionist?
A Manilla folder.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/15/15 at 03:58 PM
Racist!! Totally un-PC!! Shame on you, Patty for pickin' on those poor LBMFMs.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/16/15 at 12:52 AM
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