Can artificial intelligence save the stethoscope from obsolescence?

An icon of the medical profession, its demise has been long predicted

One of the evergreen stories of primary care is the long-predicted obsolescence of the stethoscope.

They are, we admit, slightly keyed to induce outrage. Many AusDoc readers are still major fans of the 200-year-old technology. At least, that's what the responses indicate.

Of course, there is the symbolism too. A quick browse through any stock photo library will tell you that — in the eyes of the public — stethoscope equals doctor.

So, can the stethoscope be saved?

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