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( CNN) Hemorrhoids have plagued mankind’s derrieres for centuries.
It’s said that French leader Napoleon Bonaparte’s rectal protrusion caused him such pain during the course of its Battle of Waterloo that it affected his ability to lead, ultimately expensing him victory.
Hippocrates pioneered many of the surgical techniques used today to address hemorrhoids, or more accurately “piles, ” which is the name for a swollen, inflamed hemorrhoid. The word hemorrhoid actually refers to cushions of tissue that line the anal canal. We all have them, as they are responsible for bolstering and stiffening the anal canal and sphincter muscle that keep us from leaking unmentionables when we coughing or sneeze.