A Very Trump of Doom

How the Simple Stethoscope Transformed Medical Diagnosis

Oxford University
Jul 14, 2016 · 9 min read
Figure 1 Credit Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images.
Figure 2 Diorama showing René Laennec examining a patient. Credit Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images.
Figure 3 Percussor and Pleximeter Credit Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images.
Figure 4 Monaural stethoscope, designed by Piorry; with pleximeter circa 1830. Credit: Wellcome Library, London,
Figure 5 Example drawing of organographism from Piorry’s Exposé Analytique des Principaux Travaux d’Anatomie, de Physiologie, d’Hygiène, de Chirurgie, et de Médecine Pratique (Paris: J.B. Baillière, 1856).
Figure 6 Treatment of consumption and tuberculosis by mesmerism. Engraving from The Illustrated Practical Mesmerist by William Davy, 1854 Credit: Wellcome Library, London.


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