Renee Laennec

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Birthday
17, 1781
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Aug 13, 1826 (45)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
17, 1781
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Aug 13, 1826 (45)

About

French physician who rose to fame for inventing the stethoscope.

Before Fame

At age 12, he started studying under the direction of his uncle, who was a medical professor.

Trivia

One day, while tending to an overweight patient whose heartbeat couldn't be heard or felt, he devised a tool to amplify the heartbeat sound.

Family Life

His father discouraged him from working as a doctor, and for a while he was more interested in philosophy and art.

Associated With

William Harvey, who lived about two centuries before Laennec, was another great contributor to medical science.