At this time of year we get lots of phone calls from parents of medical students who are about to start their clinical training, and want to know which is the best stethoscope to buy them as a gift.
I remember well when I started my clinical training about 20 years ago how excited I was to get my first stethoscope. in those days the only stethoscope that was available to buy from the medical school was the Littmann Classic SE.
I still have mine, and it has performed very well for the last 20 plus years.
I bought it when I started my clinical studies and it served me very well. In my final year at medical school I studied cardiology & persuaded my parents to buy me a Littmann cardiology stethoscope which was fantastic. After I had used this stethoscope with its superior acoustics I never used anything else. It served me very well through my final year, through my house jobs and then through my GP training. I continued to use it as a GP, and it is as good now as the day I bought it.
Just read this alarming article online (see link below) at Diabetes UK website
Here is an extract from the article :
The latest National Diabetes Audit has revealed that 60 per cent of people with diabetes in England do not receive all of their vital annual health checks including blood glucose, blood pressure and eye tests.
The annual audit also showed that people with diabetes are more likely to have complications such as heart disease or stroke depending on which part of the country they live in, or if they come from a more socially deprived background. People with Type 1 diabetes or Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) are reportedly less likely than those with Type 2 diabetes to receive any of the health checks.
Click on link below to read the full article and the recomendations from Diabetes UK Director of Care, Information and Advocacy Services Simon O’Neill