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 pharmaceutical firm Sharp & Dohme produced a limited edition of the Laennec replicas in 1954, and they subsequently presented one to the museum at the request of the curator. According to the accession record, the original stethoscope resides in the collection at the National Museum of Health and Medicine (previously the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology). The replica is purportedly of Laennec's third model created between 1816 to 1819.
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