Binaural obstetric stethoscope

Binaural DeLee and Hillis obstetric stethoscope, made by V

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Binaural DeLee and Hillis obstetric stethoscope, made by V
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Binaural DeLee and Hillis obstetric stethoscope, made by V. Mueller and Co., American, 1915-1950

V. Mueller and Company in America made this binaural stethoscope. It is designed with a head rest. It was intended for use by obstetricians. The stethoscope freed the specialist’s hands to move the foetus to detect different sounds.

Listening to the internal sounds of the body is known as ‘auscultation’. Auscultation of the foetal heart beat was first described by F. I. Mayor of Geneva in 1818. During the 20th century, foetal heart monitoring became a routine method of checking the condition of the baby before and during birth.

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A625115
Materials:
metal
Measurements:
overall: 138 mm x 262 mm x 120 mm, .09kg
type:
stethoscope
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust

Parts

Plaque for stethoscope

Plaque for stethoscope

Plaque for Binaural DeLee and Hillis obstetric stethoscope

Materials:
brass
Object Number:
A625115 Pt1
type:
plaques