Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Object 12: Stethoscope

What: Public Lecture, part of History & Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects

When: Tuesday 28th February, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Where: Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds

Lecture 12: Laennec Stethoscope, or: is it?
The stethoscope has long been an essential tool in a doctor’s kit, allowing them to “see” inside living patients and diagnose illnesses. Invented 200 years ago by the French physician Rene Laennec, it quickly grew in popularity and became emblematic of the modern approach to medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries.
In this lecture, join Caroline Avery and Adrian Wilson as they explore the invention, use and spread of the stethoscope, and ask where exactly our Leeds model came from. Was it made by Laennec, or not?
Tea and Coffee will be served outside the lecture theatre from 6.15pm. This lecture assumes no prior knowledge and all are welcome.
This is also the launch event of “Leeds Laennec”, a commemoration of the instrument’s bicentennial, organised by the Leeds Institute of Medical Education to run through the year 2017.


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