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Stethoscope with a bell-shaped end, diaphragm and flexible tubing for both ears. The bell was mainly used for low pitched breath sounds from the lungs, and the diaphragm for the higher pitched heart sounds. The stethoscope belonged to Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes, renowned cardiac surgeon who performed the first open-heart surgery in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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