Beaded Stethoscope



I am exploring the National Library of Medicine in my free hour between friend visits today. I just had coffee with my friend, Mark, at AFRRI and right across the street is NIH. In the exhibit that opened yesterday, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, I found this beaded stethoscope.

The sign next to the stethoscope reads: 
“The beaded stethoscope symbolizes the integration of the traditional and Western medicine at the Native American Health Center, Oakland, CA. The four colors of the beads – red, yellow, white, black – are symbolic of the Medicine Wheel, that highlights a holistic approach to health and healing used by the Native American Health Center.”

To read more about this exhibit check out:

National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, MD

One thought on “Beaded Stethoscope

  1. Did the exhibit say why the Native Americans use the colors red, yellow, white and black? What do they symbolize? Why not for instance blue?I wish our "modern" doctors would use beautiful tools.

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