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wooden object.

 

Wooden stethoscope.
Monaural stethoscope, X2

Monaural stethoscope

1820–39

Boxwood, paper

X2

Stethoscopes have been used to diagnose cardiovascular disease since the early-19th century. Invented by French doctor René Laennec (1781–1826), this early wooden monaural (one-eared) style was used until the 1860s, when the familiar binaural (two-eared) style became popular.

View catalogue entry for monaural stethoscope


Part of the exhibition Unfamiliar.

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