Would one normally expect a health-professional’s stethoscope to hang
more predominantly to their left, or their right? And if there is a
bias, what conclusions may be drawn? In 2007, professor Emmanuel Stylianos Antonarakis MBBCh
performed a cross-sectional questionnaire survey with 186 medical
doctors of all grades from the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.
The prevalent stethoscope-hang side (if there was one) was noted and
correlated with handedness, footedness, eyedness, earedness, hand
clasping, arm folding, and leg crossing of the subjects.