You cant go wrong with a littmann.The littmann classic goes from 80-100 dollars.Shop around for the best deal or get a few of your classmates together and try for a bulk discount.E-bay is also another good source.Or you can spring forthe cardiologist model,about 300 bucks.My wife has one and its incredible.
Spend the money the differencce between a good stethescope and an imitation is huge.If you cant hear it you cant learn it,IMHO stay away from the twin tube styles such as the sprague rapport or sprague rapport like stethescopes.Good in clinical settings not good in the field.
One last tip always be cognizant of where you have your stethescope,they can and have been used as weapons.
I agree with Denthead that the Cardiology scopes are great, but $300 can be hard on a student budget, so go with the Classic as it will do what you need and it isn't too expensive.
Good luck on your practicum.
North of 60
DFCSmash - "THAT, North_of_60, is the best damned response yet to this thread."
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I worried about picking poorly, and the possibility of having mine misplaced and stolen. I got a littmann classic, got it in pink, and stethoscope dot ca/engraving offers free engraving on any order, so mine has my name on it.
Colour alone has made it identifiable as mine (maybe three classmates got something other than black), but having my name on it is nice. People who bought cheap stethoscopes have had problems in lab. Sim people are a pain to listen to their lungs at the best of times.. with a poor quality stethoscope you are at a serious disadvantage,
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