Then, in , things changed. Lore has it that year-old Paris physician Rene Laennec was caring for a young woman who was apparently plump, with a bad heart and large breasts. George Davis , an obstetrician at East Tennessee State University who collects vintage stethoscopes, said the young Dr. Either way, he went home and crafted a wooden cylinder with a hole down the middle and that became the first stethoscope.
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John Kugler, MD, gently places the stethoscope on the upper chest of the elderly, white-haired woman who is sleeping peacefully while propped up in bed, her head cocked to one side as a dialysis machine clicks away in the background. He spends a few seconds listening to her heart and lungs, which have a crackling sound — a sign of possible fluid in the lungs or another respiratory problem. Her breath sounds are faint. He then reaches into his black nylon bag for his other ever-present medical tool, a portable ultrasound machine the size of a smartphone. And as its stature fades, so is the fine art of listening to the inner workings of the body. As the story goes, he was too embarrassed to lay his ear to her ample chest, so, inspired by seeing children in a Paris park scratch at one end of a piece of wood while listening at the other, he rolled up a piece of paper into a tube.
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Then, in , things changed. Obstetrician George Davis, who collects vintage stethoscopes, says the young Dr. Either way, the young doctor went home and crafted a wood cylinder with a hole down the middle, and that became the first stethoscope. It took a while for auscultation—the art of intentional listening—to catch on. As stethoscopes evolved, they amplified the sounds of a healthy heart and let doctors hear the offbeat, cadence of a problem rhythm.