HISTORICAL PERIOD: Modern medicineTHEMATIC(S) AREA(S) Clinical practice, Medical ethicsCountry: United KingdomLanguage: EnglishUNIT OF THE EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL:
Modern medicine - History of Medicine 1600–1900
This object links with Unit 9 ('History of Medicine 1600 - 1900') and is an example of a simple, but very important, historical innovation, which has become emblematic of medicine, and which had a profound impact on the way that physicians could 'know' the body. In providing a way to listen to the internal sounds a body makes, physicians had access to new diagnostic tools. At the same time, as an instrument that focused on the 'body' it directed the physician's attention away from the 'patient', and so marks a move away from the centrality of the patient narrative towards the biomedical model of medicine that we know today.