Replica of Laennec Stethoscope used as Advertisement for Tenormin and Sorbitrate


Rene Théophile H. Laennec (1781-1826), a physician in Paris, invented the monaural stetho-scope in 1816. This is a modern replica of that instrument.

The replica was made as an advertising device for two heart medications: Tenormin (atenolol), a beta-blocker used for conditions such as hypertension and angina, and Sorbitrate (isosorbide dinitrate), used for chest pain.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Miles Davis

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2010.0214.03Catalog Number: 2010.0214.03Accession Number: 2010.0214

Object Name: stethoscopestethoscope, wooden replicaadvertising deviceadvertising device, cardiac durgsadvertising device, heart medications

Physical Description: wood (overall material)cardboard (packaging material)paper (part: material)metal (part: material)Measurements: overall: 1 1/4 in x 12 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 3.175 cm x 31.115 cm x 3.175 cmoverall: 2 1/8 in x 1 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 5.3975 cm x 3.81 cm x 8.89 cm


Record Id: nmah_1397428

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