Laennec-type monaural stethoscope, France, 1851–1900

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Laennec-type monaural stethoscope, France, 1851–1900. René Laennec (1781–1826) invented the stethoscope in 1816 as a diagnostic tool to listen to the heart and breathing in the human body. This stethoscope has three parts, possibly to make it easier to carry. Unlike many modern equivalents it was designed to be listened to through only a single ear so it does not have the familiar Y-shaped double earpiece. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: wpagfapp.

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