Keep it in the family!

A treatment for Rheumatism is recommended by Dr Balfour of Edinburgh, in the Medical Guide of 1824. He suggests the use of a tool to pommel and rub the affected part.

The picture of the gruesome tool shows a hook at the end for rubbing the toes (C and D), with a flat oval end for rubbing a broader body part. The tool should then be used like a hammer to pommel affected joints.

The fifth generation of Balfour Doctors, is working at Benenden Hospital. Thankfully, not using the gruesome tool, Alastair is one of our Consultant ENT Surgeons.