Wooden “Paupers Stethoscope”

Wooden “Paupers Stethoscope”

Stock Number: 360921-114

€ 340,-


Length 30,5 cm ; Diameter 4 cm.


C 1880

Country of manufacture


Categories: Medicine, Diagnostics



A wooden stethoscope that was used to listen to the heart of a pauper. Paupers were not so clean people(because they were pretty poor), so the doctor had to keep more distance in order to not get a disease from the patient/pauper. Keeping distance was easier with this longer stethoscope. Normal stethoscopes are usually around 20 cm, but these “pauper stethoscopes” are in general longer than 30 cm. This stethoscope is therefore 30.5 cm long. Diameter of the earpiece is 4 cm.

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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.

As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.