October 1, 2014
Just posted the earliest version of the Knight modification to the
Cammann stethoscope made with German silver by Codman & Shurtleff
in the late 1860s, as well as a unique model of a turn of the 19th
century Cammann stethoscope with a small ebony bell made by Weiss,
Lomdon, circa 1901.
March 1, 2014
Study the beautiful oil portraits of Rene Laennec, Austin Flint and
George Cammann, who were the phsicinas who devloped and promolgated the
use of the stethoscope for ausculatation.
January 1, 2013
See the photo of Dr. William H. Nammack holding a Cammann stethoscope
on his rounds at Bellevue hospital ward 22 in New York City, circa 1888.
July 1, 2012
Posted Dr. William F. Muhlenberg's bowles
stethoscope, circa 1901. Dr. Muhlenberg was the great, great grandson
of Henry Mechloir Mulenberg, the founder of the Lutheran church in
a unique membrane monaural stethoscope from Germany. Membranes
(diaphragms) were devloped for binaural stethoscopes at the turn of the
century, but not found on monaurals until now!
Take a look at a one of a
kind Brass and Wood Piorry stethoscope just carried across the
pond from England!
about the journey of Dr. A. Harvey White from an artificer in the
battle of Shiloh as part of the Army of the Tennessee commanded by
General Ulysses S. Grant to becoming a doctor after the Civil War.
Read about the journey of Dr. William R. Robinson from West Point
graduate to New York University Medical School graduate to becoming a
confederate civil war surgeon in the Arizona Brigade.
See the Marsh binaural stethoscope
patented in 1851 that may have been the design that lead Dr. Cammann to
develop the binaural stethoscope that became the standard in clinical
A look into the practice of medicine in the later part of the 19th
century is now on display with the
HUSE COLLECTION on the binaural page.
Sir Wiiliam Osler was the most revered phsician in modern
medicine. See his earliest stethosopce when he was
a student and faculty memeber at McGill on the binaural page.
Discover the story of "immediate"
auscultation and "mediate" ausculataion on the updated monaural
stethoscope page, which has new images that reveal the
art of "listening" to the patient without and with a stethoscope.
The website has now been completely revamped in order to
make it easier to read and navigate. The history of the phsicians who
developed and used these instruments has been enlarged. Read about the
history of renown institutions like the Royal Infirmary of Endinburgh
and Bellueve Hospital.
The web site is in the process
of being revamped with a new style that improves the presentaion of the
stethoscopes. Additional history about the physicians, their
stethoscopes and the hospitals in which they developed their
stethoscopes is being placed on the site.
The web site has been revised with new historical information
about the people who developed and used the stethoscope. See the 19th
century CDV photograph of a young New York physician posing with both a
monaural and binaural stethoscope, a monaural stethoscope with its
history of travel from pre-war Germany to the United Staes, the
photographs and history of Dr. Cammann and the Northern Dispensary
where he developed the Cammnann binaural stethoscope, and the unusual
history of a number of 20th century stethoscopes.
Additional For Sale pages are
now available with antique monaural and
binaural stethoscopes for sale, medical antiques for sale,
and rare medical books about auscultation and percussion for sale.
The navigation on the entire
site has been revised to make it easier to use.
An unbelievable example of medical scrimshaw that
is carved into the ivory pleximeter and ear piece of a
presentation 1829 Piorry stethoscope given by a wife to her physician
The For Sale page has been
updated with the addition of antique stethoscopes and bloodletting
instruments, as well as other types of medical antiques. This page will
be updated regularly in order to offer a variety of medical
antiques for sale.
The web site has been updated with the addition of a
large number of stethoscopes. A second and third version Laennec are
displayed. A unique second version Laennec with an extension piece and
flexible Piorry are also shown. The twentieth century page is
completely new and shows the development of the combination stethoscope
that is the standard today.
The web site has been completely updated. The original
version of a Laennec and Piorry stethoscope were added, as well
as an original version of the modern Littmann stethoscope. Many
other unique and interesting stethoscopes illustrating the history of
the stethoscope are shown. Please take time to explore the site again.
Added a beautiful ivory and silver plated
monaural stethoscpe. A unique Magniphone Stethoscope is especially
Added a rare James Hope presentation stethoscope
(one of only four ever
presented) as well as an article about James Hope and his
Added new monaural and binaural stethoscopes to
Added a For Sale page.
Added a remarkable
circa 1830 Piorry monaural stethoscope that can be assembled in several
The site has been completely revamped with
new images and information about the history of the stethoscope.
The navigation of the
site has been made easier.
Medical Antiques Online web site about the history
of the stethoscope launched. Please take a tour of this illustrated