Fear of Women’s Chest lead to the Discovery of Stethoscope: Rene Laennec

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You all must be aware of what a stethoscope is and its usage. But, do you really know why was it invented and how was it invented and by whom?1Today surprisingly is the birthday of the French physician who had invented this amazing instrument. René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec, the physician invented stethoscope in the year 1819 and suddenly got recognition all round the world. He was studying under his uncle who used to be a professor of medical field.

Earlier, a doctor had to rest his ear on the patient’s chest in order to examine the heat beat. One day, Rene had to examine a woman, as he was way to conservative and that women was over-weight, he decided for some other way to listen to the heart beat as he was too shy to place his ear on her chest. Thus, he rolled a paper in a tube, and then pressed that to her chest. As it worked, he thought to device an instrument for this. Thus, due to his conservative nature, today’s world has got a beautiful gift in the name of a stethoscope.

Now, let me share some amazing facts on stethoscope.2First Drawing stethoscope

#1: “I See the Chest”

Do you know from where has the word “stethoscope” originated and what does it mean? It is from Greek Word and means ““I see the chest”, waoh, so appropriate.

#2: The First Stethoscope

The monaural stethoscope was the name of the first stethoscope. Only one ear piece was there in the first one. It was made of wood with a flat surface on 1 end that was called the diaphragm and on the other end was a trumpet looking piece used as an ear piece. Only 1960’s, the binaural units started.

#3: To Determine Death, Stethoscopes Were Used Earlier

The stethoscope was used not as a life saving instrument earlier but to find out if someone is dead or not! Can you all believe that?

#4: It Works Best to Indentify the Signs of Death

As we all read earlier, that this instrument was earlier used to identify whether a person is dead or alive, Dr. Eugene Bouchut got a commendation in the year 1846 for his best work in the identification of signs of death and the methods to prevent the preponderance of premature burials. Dr. Bouchut believed that if a person is dead, there will no heartbeats for a period of 2 to 5 minutes. And this can be easily found out using a Stethoscope.3

#5: 2 Bent Pipes + Wooden Chest Piece = Binaural Stethoscope

The first binaural Stethoscope looked no less than a child’s toy. As there was no rubber that was invented during that time, Dr. C.J.B. Willaims utilized pair of bent pipes and attached them to the wooden chest pipe. This version was hardly used until Dr. George Cammann invented a more useful binaural unit in the year 1952.

Thus, these were some of the interesting facts on Stethoscope. Share the story among your friends and relatives, so that if anyone else knows any other interesting fact on the instrument, they can write in the comment section, so that we all can read them.

 

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