Indianapolis Monthly Magazine - Indianapolis Restaurants, Shopping, Concerts, Events and more. EXTRA: Historical Medical Tools at IMHM - Stomach Pump, circa 1867–1890: It would make a great beer-tap handle, but this brass device was intended for the person who had imbibed too many. Or had a stomachache for some other reasons. It drew up the contents from the patient's stomach through a tube inserted down the esophagus and pumped them into a bowl. This particular brand was made by a truss manufacturer in England. And it had an unappetizing second use: enemas.