How Laënnec invented the stethoscope

Int J Cardiol. 2007 Jun 12;118(3):281-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2006.06.067. Epub 2006 Oct 12.


Although it is well known that Laënnec invented the stethoscope, the story of how he invented it is less well known. This article discusses the many theories behind the story as well as the impact of Laënnec's discovery on the practice of cardiology in the 21st century.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Editorial
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design / history
  • France
  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis
  • Heart Diseases / history
  • History, 19th Century
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Stethoscopes / history*

Personal name as subject

  • René Théophile Hyacinthe Laënnec