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  • The stethoscope is invented in France by René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec. It was made of wood and went in only one ear.


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  • December 31 - William Withey Gull - English physician, first to describe the clinical signs of syringomyelia, a disorder in which a cyst or tubular cavity forms within the spinal cord which can lead to paralysis if untreated.