cture on René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec and the invention of the stethoscope. We are lucky to have several titles by Laennec in our collection, and for this class I chose an American edition of Laennec's study of the medical value of listening to the sounds of the body:
Laennec, R. T. H. A Treatise on the Diseases of the Chest and on Mediate Auscultation. New York: S. Wood & Sons, and Collins & Hannay, 1830.
The students are always glad when I bring something printed in English, but this title didn't capture their imaginations as much as, say, our Vesalius. Next time, I'm hoping that a few of our 19th century stethoscopes will bring some more excitement into the mix.