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Patriotic Picks For July 4th

3 Jul

Happy 4th of July! Even if you’re stuck working, celebrate the holiday in style. Take a look at one of our patriotic apparel and diagnostic picks:

WS Gear’s Snap Front Top

Available in “Proud American”, this fun scrub top truly embraces Independence Day. Decked out with American flags, it is perfect to match a red, white, and blue color scheme. It also features a curved banded neckline and back darts for a flattering shape.



Fundamentals by White Swan Overlap V-Neck Top

This print simply bursts with color! Stars are splashed across the front and the back, almost like fireworks. With two front pockets to hold your gear, this top is a great choice to wear on the 4th!



UltraScope Adult Acrylic Stethoscope

If you want a more subtle way to incorporate red, white, and blue into your outfit, I’d check out this stethoscope from UltraScope. It has a flag design on the head, and you even have your pick of tubing colors including red or navy. This design is also available for the UltraScope Pediatric Stethoscope as well.


Don’t forget to check out our 4th of July Celebration Event, where you can save up to $20* off your order. We wish you a very happy holiday!


Littmann Giveaway!

27 Aug

Thank you to everyone you entered our Littmann Giveaway. In our latest drawing three lucky winners won free Littmann stethoscopes. Don’t miss our Future contest sign up for our mailing list today at


1. Grand Prize: Littmann 3100 Electronic Stethoscope with Ambient Noise Reduction

Sunny, IL

2. First Prize: Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope

Denise, TX

3. Second Prize: Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope

Kimberly, KS

The History of the Stethoscope

2 Jul

The first stethoscope was invented in France in 1846 and looked nothing like the stethoscope of today – far from being soft and flexible, it was made from wood and resembled a bathroom plunger.


That’s because it was based on the ear trumpet – a cone-like device used as a primitive hearing aid.

The modern stereo stethoscope was developed by Rappaport and Sprague in the 1940s. This model was acoustic, short, heavy and expensive. It came in a fancy walnut box and retailed for $300. Some were even gold-plated.

Great strides were made during the 1960s and 1970s in improving the materials used in acoustic stethoscopes, leading to more precise diagnoses, lower prices and better comfort.

Some doctors developed a “perfect pitch” through their stethoscopes – a talented professor named Dr. W. Proctor Harvey became a “virtuoso” who could diagnose complex heart conditions just by listening to a patient’s heartbeat!

Keeping up with the Internet age, stethoscopes went electronic in the early 2000s. This great leap in technology provided precision volume control, ambient noise reduction, and wireless capabilities to record heartbeats into computers for analysis by software.

While electronic models are superior for certain functions (such as listening to fetal heartbeats), acoustic stethoscopes still remain the more widely popular choice.

At, we carry all types of “modern” stethoscope, from the very basic single head model to the most sophisticated electronic models, which we recognize are a crucial component to your every-day work life. With options ranging from custom engraving to fashion right colors- it’s hard to imagine that this piece of equipment was once little more than a bathroom plunger.