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Name of Object:

Laënnec examining a patient at the Necker Hospital in 1816


Paris, France

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National Library of France

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Date of Object:

19th century


Artist: Théobald Chartran (1849-1907)

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The 19th century saw a number of important advances in the medical field. René Laënnec (1781–1926) was a French doctor who invented the stethoscope, allowing him to improve medical diagnoses by listening to patients' chests. Doctors were thus able to analyse sounds inside the body, and link them to illnesses such as tuberculosis, which was very common in the 19th century.

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"Laënnec examining a patient at the Necker Hospital in 1816" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;fr;90;en

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Translation by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: FR 090

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