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Need help in buying a stethoscope

pravi333

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I want to gift a stethoscope to somebody very important to me. I have no clue of what brand or type if any?

I am looking for a famous brand which everybody in the medical industry can recognize and want to lay there hands on it. In other words i am looking for a rolls royce of stethoscopes.

Can somebody help me please?

If not what will be good gift for 'yet to be a doctor, student'?
 

franksta

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Littmann brand, as much as you can afford.

EDITSorry, I spelled it wrong. It has two t's and two n's. Littmann.
 

pravi333

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Two consequent replies for ?Littmann?, so it should be pretty good.
Now the question is which model in this Link?

Is the electronic 4100 model the best? Or its just got some unwanted features which you?re never going to use? Any suggestions on the model?

Oh and where to buy it? in the sense of good deal
 

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it depends on what kind of doctor this important someone wants to be. if they want to be an e.r. doctor, then they'd probably be better off with master classic or master cardiology. if they are going to be a general practitioner or a specialist doctor (orthopod, osteopath, chiropractor, vet, etc) they'd probably be better off with a cardiology iii. if your important someone is going to be a nurse, they'd probably like a master classic or classic ii se (or the lightweight, depending on what their personality is like... it's a good stepth... my friend has one and she likes it).

i have the cardiology iii... it's nice :) i can hear everything.

edit: the diffence between the steths that have a diaphragm AND bell vs those that have just the diaphragm is that the ones with just the diaphragm are pressure sensitive... depending on the pressure you use, you can hear the sounds that you would if you were use a bell rather than the diaphragm.

basic rule of thumb = the more expensive it is, the easier you'll be able to hear the sounds.
 

SLU MD

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I use a cardiology III and its the bomb. I would highly recommend it. Most doctors at my hospital use the same

SLU M.D.
 

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Lifer
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some stores have big discounts on medical supplies if you're a student. if you've got a friend who can keep a secret from your important someone and is a healthcare field student, have them buy it for you with their discount.
 

herbiehancock

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Although I've been out of the med. field for over a decade, I used the original version of the Littmann Cardiology (still have the head.....the rest just wore out)......and it was the best of all steths out there. The Cardiology III, even better than the original, is the only one to own. Comparatively, you're looking at the BMW/MB/Ferrari?Porsche/whatever in the Cardiology vs. Yugos (all the others).
 

iliopsoas

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these guys are right. I used to have a Littmann but have since given it up for better diagnostic equipment ;)

You can't go wrong with a Littmann Cardiology III
 

911paramedic

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Originally posted by: pravi333
Originally posted by: franksta
I've never seen a doctor with any of those fancy ones. My wife is a cardiac nurse and she uses the Classic II. I think most of the doctors use the Master Cardiology.
I thought so too, who wants to save that file and analyse it in a computer!!!!
As a medic, I use the cardiology version because I don't need both listening sides. Problem is the tubing picks up a LOT of background noise if it moves at all and a $10 steth can be better when we are driving.
 

franksta

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Originally posted by: 911paramedic
Originally posted by: pravi333
Originally posted by: franksta
I've never seen a doctor with any of those fancy ones. My wife is a cardiac nurse and she uses the Classic II. I think most of the doctors use the Master Cardiology.
I thought so too, who wants to save that file and analyse it in a computer!!!!
As a medic, I use the cardiology version because I don't need both listening sides. Problem is the tubing picks up a LOT of background noise if it moves at all and a $10 steth can be better when we are driving.
I've been told to stay away from the dual tubed models, one tube to each earpiece, for the same reason. The tubes rub together and there's more area to pick up noise.
 

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Lifer
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Originally posted by: franksta
Originally posted by: 911paramedic
Originally posted by: pravi333
Originally posted by: franksta
I've never seen a doctor with any of those fancy ones. My wife is a cardiac nurse and she uses the Classic II. I think most of the doctors use the Master Cardiology.
I thought so too, who wants to save that file and analyse it in a computer!!!!
As a medic, I use the cardiology version because I don't need both listening sides. Problem is the tubing picks up a LOT of background noise if it moves at all and a $10 steth can be better when we are driving.
I've been told to stay away from the dual tubed models, one tube to each earpiece, for the same reason. The tubes rub together and there's more area to pick up noise.
yup
 

pravi333

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thats lot off info, thanks guys.
So whatever i've understood so far,
- Littmann the best money can buy
- Two tubing is bad due to noice

So that leaves me with classic II

Can anybody buy it for me with a discount? i dont have any student medicos as friend here.

By the way the person i am looking forward to present is my fiance and she is in her final year, she still have house surgeon to complete and also she is very much interested in surgery. Will that make you guys suggest something different other than steth?

Thanks once again for all your suggestions, as i said i have no clue about the medical industry, so all your suggestions are very much appreciated.
 

MedicBob

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The Cardiology 3 is dual tubed, but both tubes are in 1. In other words, 1 molding two tubes. I love mine and have used it for years.
 

herbiehancock

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When the others are telling you to avoid dual tubed steths, they do not mean the 2-in-1 Littmann Cardiology steths...........the Littmanns are a two tube design encased in a single stube......there is absolutely no rubbing or noise created from the tubing at all.

What they are referring to are the steths that have two distinct tubings running to each earpiece externally............they are typically the dual-tubed ones that have very "wiggly" rubber hose construction.......but those are very cheap and are not anything like the Littmanns.

The Cardiologist is the Cadillac of steths.....bar none.
 

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Originally posted by: pravi333
I want to gift a stethoscope to somebody very important to me. I have no clue of what brand or type if any?

I am looking for a famous brand which everybody in the medical industry can recognize and want to lay there hands on it. In other words i am looking for a rolls royce of stethoscopes.

Can somebody help me please?

If not what will be good gift for 'yet to be a doctor, student'?
good question. i once made the mistake of buying one for a friend of mine who is a heart surgeon and he didnt like it because it was a nurses scope.
 

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