Why your doc still uses an instrument invented in 1816

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Why your doc still uses an instrument invented in 1816

At age 200, the stethoscope has a subtly different role in the clinic

In terms of symbolizing Western medicine, the stethoscope stands right alongside the caduceus. But medical technology has advanced so far in the past decades, so what is the stethoscope's persistent value to clinical medicine?

Dr. Zachary Goldberger, a UW Medicine cardiologist, helps explain the subtle shift in the device's significance.