[caption id="attachment_448" align="alignright" width="225" caption="René Laennec "][/caption] Inspiration comes in all forms. Here at Medelita, we're inspired by historical pioneers, and we often name our lab coats after notable medical figures. Our mid-length 100% cotton Laennec men's lab coat marks a long awaited upgrade to the ubiquitous physician lab coat, and it is named after a man who changed the face (and the ears!) of the medical field. René Laennec was a French physician. In 1816, he invented the stethoscope while working at a teaching hospital in Paris and pioneered its use in diagnosing various chest conditions. Prior to Monsieur Laennec, a physician would place their ear against their patient's chest in order to listen to a heartbeat or for signs of infection or breathing irregularity. In the early 1800s, this was actually a rather mortifying practice for the vast majority of female patients. On one particular occasion, Dr. Laennec was presented with a young overweight female patient and was unable to listen to a heartbeat through traditional means. In a flash of inspiration, he rolled a piece of paper into a cylinder and the stethoscope was born. [caption id="attachment_456" align="alignleft" width="198" caption="The Laennec Lab Coat"][/caption] What I love the most about this story is that Dr. Laennec's inspiration came in the form of children. Children are, by far, the greatest inventors that the world has to offer, and in the days leading up to his innovation, René Laennec had seen schoolchildren playing with long, hollow sticks. The children held their ear to one end of the stick while the opposite end was scratched with a pin, delightfully turning the properties of acoustics into a fun playground game. Clearly a humble man, Dr. Laennec chose not to name his invention a renéscope (a catchier name than a laennecscope, in my opinion) but took the far more practical approach of naming it after the Greek stethos (chest) and skopos (examination). However, he often referred to the stethoscope as "the cylinder," and called it "the greatest legacy of my life." Medelita agrees, and we are proud to honor him. With a distinguished blazer-like appearance and ergonomic fit, our 40" Laennec men’s lab coat presents a clean and prestigious appearance. It also features five total pockets, including a concealed pocket for your PDA and functional suit chest pocket. With a tailored, distinguished look and technically innovative features, the Medelita Laennec lab coat is a perfect blend of quality and functionality.