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Stethoscope

 

Stethoscope

Period of Production:
1860 – 1900

Since:
July 30, 2002

 

4.6 cm diameter, 16.2 cm height

 

Wood appears lacquered/varnished.

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 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 introduced.

 
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