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Stethoscope

 

Stethoscope

Period of Production:
1830 – 1870

Since:
July 30, 2002

 

004.7 cm length, 004.7 cm width, 017.0 cm height.

Possibly cedar wood. Stained and possibly varnished/lacquered.

 

Instrument used to amplify sounds from within the body especially used to listen to heart, pulse, breathing and lungs, so that they may be heard by the user.

Part of a larger collection of medical artifacts, archival material and trade literature transferred to CSTM in 2002 from the former History of Medicine Museum in Toronto, Ontario.

Example of unusual one piece monaural stethoscope: most have separate ear-piece. First monaural stethoscope was invented in France in 1816: compact and rugged, the instrument greatly improved the physician’s ability to listen to internal body sounds. Monaural used exclusively c. 1820-1850 when binaural stethoscope was introduced.

 
1841 – 1892
(Involved People: Dr. Hugh Roberston)
 
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