Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec
RENÉ THÉOPHILE HYACINTHE LAENNEC (1781-1826) was born at Quimper in Brittany, France. He studied medicine first with an uncle at Nantes, and then went to Paris where he became a pupil of Corvisart and received his medical degree in 1804. In 1816 he invented the stethoscope. The first edition of his great classic De l'auscultation médiate was published in 1819, the second in 1826. Both contain important new information, and brought fame to the author. With the work of Laennec modern clinical medicine begins.