ADC- American Diagnostic Corporation

ADC- American Diagnostic Corporation

Website: adctoday.com ADC- American Diagnostic Corporation was founded in 1984. Based here in the United States, it originally started as a small EMS supply company, but rapidly grew over the last 30 years to become a major medical equipment company. They launched their first stethoscope in 1994, and as of 2012 had launched their latest stethoscope … Read more

MDF

MDF

Website: www.mdfinstruments.com/ MDF likes to describe themselves as a boutique manufacturer of stethoscopes. When you look at their website and ads they do give off that vibe of being a chique design company. MDF Instruments has existed since 1971, and has continued to base their company in the United States, despite doing extensive international business. MDF … Read more

Littmann Classic II S.E. Review

The Littmann Classic II S.E. is one of the steps that I took along the way to a cardiology stethoscope. This model is one of the stethoscopes that got me through the middle half of my nursing education, and showed me what you can do when you don’t have two rubber tubes rubbing together every … Read more

Littmann Master Classic II Review

Littmann Master Classic II Review

The Littmann Master Classic II is a stethoscope that can’t decide what it wants to be. Is it a traditional stethoscope attempting to masquerade as contemporary cardiology stethoscope, or is it an attempt at making a budget cardiology stethoscope? I can’t tell. It’s hard to tell where this stethoscope falls in Littmann’s vision for its … Read more

Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Review

Have you ever looked for a stethoscope that doesn’t drag you down? The Littmann Lightweight II S.E. might fit the bill. One of the biggest disadvantages to stethoscope use is the constant need to carry it around with you. I have found that as healthcare professionals we do this for two reasons: 1) We never … Read more

Littmann Cardiology IV Review

Littmann Cardiology IV Review

I’ve been a fan of the Littmann Cardiology III for a long time since I first discovered the capabilities and acoustic qualities that it offered. When I heard that Littmann was preparing to roll out the Cardiology IV I was initially leery of what could be the demise of an infallible design. I can now … Read more

Littmann Classic III Review

Littmann Classic III Review

The Littmann Classic III is a solidly designed stethoscope for those individuals wanting good acoustic properties mixed with affordability. The Littmann brand equates quality regardless of which model you purchase. When I initially sought to graduate from lower quality stethoscopes, and more specifically from my Sprague Rappaport design I gravitated toward a Littmann. The Littmann … Read more

Littmann Master Cardiology Review

Littmann Master Cardiology Review

The Littmann Master Cardiology is the peak of performance among Littmann’s non-digital offerings. The Master Cardiology is the peak of stethoscope design for fine auscultation. When I have used one of these in the past it has revealed the very best of valve sound clarity. This is a result of the high performance diaphragm that … Read more

Anatomy of the Stethoscope

Anatomy of the Stethoscope

Earpiece The earpiece allows for a tight seal between the user and the tubing of the stethoscope. They are commonly found in either plastic or rubber. Ear Tubes or Binaural The ear tubes aka binaural, help provide a rigid structure for the user end of the stethoscope. In combination with the spring they help to … Read more

History of the Stethoscope

History of the Stethoscope

The origin of the stethoscope can be traced back to 19th Century France. René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec was a French physician who was uncomfortable placing his head on the chest of women to listen to their hearts. His invention of the what he called the stethoscope can be pinned to the year 1816. The original stethoscope was … Read more