Month: December 2016

Is a “rare” stethoscope or hearing aid/conversation tube?

As I peruse ebay, I came upon the “stethoscope” advertised below. Flexible monaural stethoscopes were introduced around 1832. These were tubes of coiled spring covered with woven silk, usually 14 to 18 inches long, with a chest piece at one end and usually a very short, straight earpiece at the other. Flexible stethoscopes are often …

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Crossing the line from medical antique collector to antiquarian medical book collector

My bid of 800 Euros failed to be the win bid for a 5th edition John Scultetus “Armamentrium Chirurgicum” which sold for 1100 Euros. Dr. Scultetus, actually Schultes or Schultheiss (Born October 1th, 1595 in Ulm, Died December 1645 in Stuttgart ) was a German doctor and author of a book for surgery and their …

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