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How The Stethoscope Was Invented

The stethoscope was invented by a doctor too embarrassed to place his ear on a woman’s ample bosom. Before the invention of the stethoscope, a physician would listen to a patient’s heart by placing his ear over the chest. In 1816, René Laennec, a physician and devout Catholic, was called to examine a young woman suspected to [...]