Medical Bag

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Medical bag, tongue depressors, reflex hammer
Medical bag, tongue depressors, reflex hammer

Dr. Isidore Shulman, my grandfather, was a Washington physician for more than 40 years who had served in the Army Medical Corps in Europe and Africa in World War II. He lived in Bethesda. Dr. Shulman was a cardiologist and specialist in internal medicine. A native of New York City, he moved to Washington University's medical school in 1934. He received his postgraduate education at Columbia University, where he also taught pharmacology. He began a private medical practice here in about 1941, which was interrupted by his sevice as a captain with the Army Medical Corps in World War II. He had participated in the Normandy invasion and the North African campaign.

My grandfather's medical background is something that makes up my family's history. His medical bag is something that my mom treasures as she remembers him as not only her father and her best friend, but also her doctor. As shown in the pictures above, you can see his actual medical bag along with his reflex hammer, otoscope, and his medical tape. 

He was an absolutely gifted doctor who was passionate about his job, family, and his beloved Labrador retriever, Dozer.  His family was originally born in Russia. Around the 1890's, both of his parents emigrated from Russia and immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in New York City. Im excited to explore New York even more on this trip, and discover more about my family's history.

Place(s): New York City, Russia, Normandy, Africa, Bethesda, Washington D.C

– SS.

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