Littmann Stethoscope

Littmann Stethoscope

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David Littmann (1906–1981) was a cardiologist who graduated from Tufts Medical School, worked at the West Roxbury Veterans Hospital, and taught at the Harvard Medical School. He developed a stethoscope with remarkable acoustic performance, and (together with Gustev Machlup) founded Cardiosonics, Inc. 3M acquired Cardiosonics in 1967.
Ref: “Dr. David Littmann, 74, a leading heart specialist,” Boston Globe (Jan. 3, 1981), p. 25.
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Object Name
stethoscope, binaural
Other Terms
Diagnostic Medicine
overall, coiled: 6 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in x 1 in; 15.875 cm x 16.51 cm x 2.54 cm
chest piece: 1 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in x 3/4 in; 4.7625 cm x 4.7625 cm x 1.905 cm
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Credit Line
3M Company. Cardiosonic Instruments. Medical Products Division
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National Museum of American History
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