Four monoaural stethoscopes, 19th century.

Four monoaural stethoscopes, 19th century.
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The stethoscope first devised in 1816 by the French physician, Rene Laennec (1781-1826), was a simple hollow tube. The other stethoscopes illustrated were later developments of the device by Lloyd Roberts and Dr A Davies. Stethoscopes were devised to help the physician diagnose diseases of the lungs, heart and vascular systems by listening to the internal rhythms and sounds of the human body.

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