The First Ever Stethoscope Was a Simple Wooden Tube | Atlas Obscura

Dr. Laennec’s stethoscope. (Photo: John Cummings/CC SA:BY 2.0)

At the Necker Hospital in Paris, Dr. René Laennec stood at the bedside of a female patient who complained of heart trouble. To better understand this woman’s ailment, the doctor had limited options. This was 1816, and the standard procedure for auscultation—listening to the respiratory system—involved…

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One thought on “The First Ever Stethoscope Was a Simple Wooden Tube | Atlas Obscura

  1. As someone who had a stethoscope hung around their neck for much of a working life, I was intrigued to see this original. It has a nice look of craft about it, but it definitely was not as handy as its successors.
    Best wishes, Pete

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