Piorry type monaural stethoscope

Made:
1834-1883 in Unknown place
maker:
Unknown

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Piorry type monaural stethoscope. Full view, black background.
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French physician René Théophile Laennec (1781-1826) invented the stethoscope in 1816. Stethoscopes listen to the sounds
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Piorry type monaural stethoscope.

French physician René Théophile Laennec (1781-1826) invented the stethoscope in 1816. Stethoscopes listen to the sounds of the body’s operation. These sounds are indicators of the body’s functioning. The heart is usually listened to. However, the lungs and intestines also reveal characteristic sounds.

The original design was made of wood and brass. It consisted of a single hollow tube. This early adaptation is by Pierre Adolphe Piorry (1794-1879) from 1829. It is trumpet-shaped and made of wood. It was thinner and lighter than its forerunner. It kept to a single ivory earpiece used by Laennec and a chest piece.

Stethoscopes with two earpieces (binaural) were introduced in the 1850s. The stethoscope hanging around the neck has been a symbol of the scientific doctor.

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Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Object Number:
A600062
Materials:
complete, ivory and wood (unidentified)
type:
stethoscope
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
credit:
Wolfendale, G.A.

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