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A Brief History of the Therapeutic Use of Feces, in Pictures

This six-image gallery explores some of the people, treatments, and diseases relating to fecal transplants through history. An extra to Bryn Nelson's feature-length look at the next big thing in health care.
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Individual, drumstick-shaped C. difficile bacilli seen through scanning electron microscopy. (Photo: Public Domain)

Individual, drumstick-shaped C. difficile bacilli seen through scanning electron microscopy. (Photo: Public Domain)

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Woodcut of Ge Hong, a 4th-century Chinese physician, by Gan Bozong. (Photo: Wellcome Library)

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Chinese woodcut of the anatomy of the large intestine, 1537. (Photo: Wellcome Library)

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Lithography of 17th-century Italian anatomist Girolamo Fabrizio (a.k.a. Hieronymus Fabricius of Aquapendente), by P.R. Vignéron. (Photo: Wellcome Library)

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Line engraving, by Christian Franz Paullini. (Photo: Wellcome Library)

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A man with cholera experimenting with remedies, by Robert Cruikshank, 1832. (Photo: Wellcome Library)

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"The ascending douche," an engraving from

The Water Cure Illustrated

, 1869. (Photo: Wellcome Library)

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This post originally appeared on Mosaic as “Poo: Past and Present” and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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