René Théophile Hyacinthe Laennec was a well-known physician and a professor of medicine who invented the stethoscope. Read through the biography below to get insights on René Laennec’s childhood, life, work and timeline.
Famous as: Physician
religion: Roman Catholic
Born on: 17 February 1781 AD
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius Famous Aquarians
Born in: Quimper, France
Died on: 13 August 1826 AD
place of death: Ploaré, France
father: Théophile-Marie Laënnec
mother: Michelle Félicité Guesdon Laënnec
siblings: Michaud Laënnec
Spouse: Jacquette Guichard Laënnec
Works & Achievements: Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec was a French physician who invented the stethoscope in 1816.
Known as the father of clinical auscultation, Rene Laennec is considered to be one of the greatest doctors of all times. The introduction of auscultation—a new method to diagnose diseases was his biggest contribution to medical science. This method involves listening and identifying various sounds made by different body organs. Before the invention of this method, Laennec's diagnostic method involved placing his ear on the chest of his patients. This method made him quite uncomfortable especially while he was diagnosing young women and hence this led to the innovation of a new device called stethoscope which he initially termed as "chest examiner". With his new chest examiner, he was able to study the different sounds of the heart thus categorizing them as either healthy or unhealthy. Though criticized initially, his works were way ahead of his times and had a great impact on medical science.
RENé LAENNEC TIMELINE
René Théophile Hyacinthe Laennec was born on 17th February, 1781 at Quimper in France.
Laennec began to help the sick and wounded at Hotel Dieu in Nantes.
He started working at Hotel Dieu in June 1799.
Laennec went to Paris and entered the ‘Ecole Pratique’ at the age of 18.
He published his first paper.
Laennec graduated in medicine with a thesis and became an associate at the ‘Société de l’École de Médecine’.
Gave a lecture on Melanoma.
Laennec invented the stethoscope.
He accepted the position of a physician at the Necker Hospital in Paris.
Laennec presented his findings on the stethoscope to the Academy of Sciences in Paris.
He published De l’ Auscultation Mediate ou Traite du Diagnostic des Maladies des Poumon et du Coeur.
His De l’ Auscultation Mediate was translated into English by John Forbes.
He became a lecturer at College de France.
Laennec became a professor of medicine at College de France.
Became a full time member of the French Academy of Medicine.
Married Ms. Argon and was made a chevalier of Legion of Honor.
Died of Tuberculosis on August 13, 1826 at Ploare, France.
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