Laennec's stethoscope, France, 1815-1825

Made:
1815-1825 in France
maker:
René Théophile Hyacinthe Laennec

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Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c.1820. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
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Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c.1820. Front 3/4 view against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c.1820. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c.1820. Front 3/4 view of part of the object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c1820. Labelled as follows: This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and it
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c1820. Labelled as follows: This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and it
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c1820. Labelled as follows: This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and it
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c.1820. Labelled as follows: This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c.1820. Labelled as follows: This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c.1820. Labelled as follows: This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c.1820. Labelled as follows: This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec, c.1820

In 1816, the French doctor René Laennec listened to a young woman's heart through a tube of rolled-up paper to avoid the embarrassment and impropriety of putting his ear to her chest. He called his invention the stethoscope (from the Greek word for chest, stethos), and went on to make wooden versions like this early example. The famous binaural stethoscope came into use in the 1840s.

The stethoscope is labelled as follows: "This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and it was presented by him to Dr Bégin a French Army surgeon whose widow gave it to me in 1863."

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Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Object Number:
A106078
Materials:
whole, brass, whole, string, whole, wood
type:
stethoscope
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • stethoscope
credit:
Humphreys, E.
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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