Allison's differential binaural stethoscope with interchangeable chest pieces

Made:
1851-1910 in England

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Allison's differential binaural stethoscope with interchangeable chest pieces, English(?), 1851-1910

The stethoscope is used on the chest or another part of the body to listen to organs such as the heart or lungs. The sounds can help diagnose the patient’s problem. The stethoscope was devised in 1816 by French physician Rene Laennec (1781-1826). It was constructed from a simple hollow tube. This binaural (two ear) example is named after its inventor, Scott Allison. It comes with interchangeable chest pieces. It is made from ivory, metal and rubber.

Binaural stethoscopes were conceived as early as 1829. However, effective models were only developed from the 1840s.

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A625135
Materials:
ear piece mounts, ivory, ear piece, metal and elastic, rubber
type:
stethoscope
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
credit:
Brunton, Sir Thomas Lauder