Author Affiliation: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, US Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Md.
Soon after Rene Laennec invented the stethoscope in 1816, it was met
with "suspicion and distrust . . . by those who were practicing medicine when
it was introduced."1 As late as the 1850s,
skeptics described the new diagnostic aid as "a dangerous instrument."1
Eisenberg JM. Ten Lessons for Evidence-Based Technology Assessment. JAMA. 1999;282(19):1865-1869. doi:10.1001/jama.282.19.1865