The Museum of Medicine and Health : Laennec Monaural Stethoscope

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<p style='text-align: justify;'>Laennec monaural (one-ear) stethoscope in walnut wood. Dr. René Laennec (1781-1826) invented the stethoscope. He found it embarrassing to listen to the breath-sounds of his female patients by putting his ear directly on the chest, so he used a tube of rolled-up papers as a listening tube that amplified the sound. He made a wooden version in 1816, that could be separated into three pieces for easy transportation. This instrument is a later example, but is made to Laennec’s original design.</p>

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