January 26, 2013
How Large Breasts Inspired the Stethoscope
Matt Soniak, Mental Floss
In 1816, French physician Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec had a young woman on his exam table, and no idea what to do with her. She’d come in complaining of chest pains, and their conversation and the examination up to that point suggested a diseased heart, but Laennec wasn’t sure how he would confirm that.
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