A Scottish school oil portarit of William Stokes, M.D. is shown on the monaural page with his right hand resting on a book on the table and a stethoscope displayed on the left hand side of the table.


See the new Stethee "AI enabled" electronic stethoscope.


Read about the developedment of the 3D printed stethoscope


Learn about the history of the Littmann stethoscope and examples of his prototype combination stethoscope.


Posted an inventive Pope one-handed binaural stethoscope.

October 1, 2014

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 America.

January 1, 2012

See 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!

July 1, 2011

   Take a look at a one of a kind Brass and Wood Piorry stethoscope just carried across the pond from England!

November 1, 2010

Read 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.

March 1, 2010

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.


June 1, 2009

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 practice.


May 1, 2008

              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.

April 1, 2008

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.

January 1, 2008

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.

July 1, 2007

 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.


January 1, 2007

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.

October 21, 2006

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.

June 1, 2006

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.

January 1, 2006

The navigation on the entire site has been revised to make it easier to use.

December 15, 2005

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 husband.

July 1, 2005

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.

June 1, 2005

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.

January 1, 2005

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.

July 23, 2002

Added a beautiful ivory and silver plated monaural stethoscpe. A unique Magniphone Stethoscope is especially interesting. 

May 6, 2001

Added a rare James Hope presentation stethoscope (one of only four ever presented) as well as an article about James Hope and his presentation stethoscope.

April 3, 2001

Added new monaural and binaural stethoscopes to the collection. 

February 21, 2001

Added a For Sale page.

January 26, 2001

Added a remarkable circa 1830 Piorry monaural stethoscope that can be assembled in several different ways.

December 30, 2000

 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.

January 1, 1998

   Medical Antiques Online web site about the history of the stethoscope launched. Please take a tour of this illustrated story.