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Google doodle pay tribute to stethoscope inventor René Laennec on his 235th Birthday

New Delhi: Today's Google doodle pay tribute to René Laennec, who is being remembered on his 235th birth anniversary. Laennec was a French physician who is remembered for inventing the stethoscope, which is now the

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Updated on: February 17, 2016 11:28 IST
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google doodle pay tribute to stethoscope inventor ren laennec on his 235th birthday

New Delhi: Today's Google doodle pay tribute to René Laennec, who is being remembered on his 235th birth anniversary. Laennec was a French physician who is remembered for inventing the stethoscope, which is now the most common tools for doctors. The doodle is quite simple with one of the letters ‘O' that shows a pair of human lungs, and two doctors using the first prototype, and also the modern version of the stethoscope. 

Prior to the invention of the stethoscope by the French physician, placing the ear or hand to the chest of the patients for examining heart complications was the norm. 

But late in 1816, while examining an overweight woman suffering complications of the heart, Laennec realised that a simple device can aid physicians in avoiding the embarrassment of placing an ear to the chest of a woman and also help them better detect the symptoms of the diseased heart.

"While examining a patient suffering complications of the heart, Rene Laennecs memory of a stroll taken months prior came rushing back," Google wrote in a statement.

He observed two children playing with a long stick -- one scraped it with a pin while the other listened giddily to the amplified sound on the other end.

Recalling this, Laennec rolled up a piece of paper and pressed it to his patient's chest.

The beating of her heart was suddenly audible and clear, and the stethoscope -- an innovation that would fundamentally change the detection and diagnosis of lung and heart problems -- was born, the statement said.

After several prototypes, he settled on an instrument that resembled a long, wooden tube. Using his invention, Laennec continued his research on sound in diagnostic medicine and made several important contributions to the field. 

The google doodle depicts Laennec's very first stethoscope besides the one that we know today.

(With IANS inputs)