The Bicentennial of the Stethoscope: 1816 to 2016 Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Molecular Targeted Therapy
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-met


  • © 2016.This year marks the bicentennial of the invention of the stethoscope by René Théophile Hyacinthe Laennec in 1816, working at the Necker Hospital in Paris. Mediate auscultation was a logical evolution within French clinical empiricism that combined elucidated physical signs with autopsy correlation to provide diagnostic insight into diseases of the lungs and heart. Over the past 2 centuries, the stethoscope has brought the doctor and patient closer together, and it has become a fundamental tool in medical practice and the symbol of the clinician.

publication date

  • January 2016



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjcard.2016.08.033