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Story Of The Stethoscope

Rene Laennec French physician

Ever wonder why doctors still use stethoscopes? ICYMI, the device is actually a whopping 200 years old. Rene Laennec, a French physician, invented the first stethoscope made in the ultimate DIY fashion out of rolled up paper in a tube.

Story Of The Stethoscope

Iterations have since been made from wood, ivory, silver, and brass. Today, we use binaural stethoscopes, made out of rubber tubes. But are rubber tubes still as cutting edge today as it used to be?

New imaging technologies, such as MRI, CT and ultrasound have revolutionized doctors insight into organs, not just heartbeats. Yet some physicians find listening is still best for the initial diagnosis.