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Iser Steiman papers

 Collection
Call Number: Ms Coll 27

Scope and Contents

The papers consist primarily of letters between Iser Steiman and John F. Fulton from 1943 to Fulton's death in 1960. Both sides of the correspondence are available as Steiman kept copies of his own letters. Other correspondents include Madeline Stanton, Harriet Thomson, and Wiliam C. Gibson. Topics include avaiation medicine; Steiman's translations of Soviet Russian works on military medicine; and history of medicine. Also part of the collection is a copy of a typewritten autobiography by Steinman which traces his career up to his arrival at Yale in 1944.

Dates

  • 1943-1975
  • Majority of material found within 1943-1960

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Yale does not own copyright.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marcie Steiman Smordin, daugher of Iser Steiman, 2009.

Arrangement

One series. Correspondence arranged chronologically, followed by the autobiography.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/med.ms.0027

Overview

The papers consist primarily of letters between Iser Steiman and John F. Fulton from 1943 to Fulton's death in 1960. Both sides of the correspondence are available as Steiman kept copies of his own letters. Other correspondents include Madeline Stanton, Harriet Thomson, and Wiliam C. Gibson. Topics include avaiation medicine; Steiman's translations of Soviet Russian works on military medicine; and history of medicine. Also part of the collection is a copy of a typewritten autobiography by Steinman which traces his career up to his arrival at Yale in 1944.

Biographical / Historical

Iser Steiman emigrated from Latvia to Canada at the age of 14 and received his M.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1924. He became a pioneer rural family doctor in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, where he built his own hospital, the King Edward Hospital. In World War II, he joined the Royal Canadian Airforce. Because of his growing interest in aviation medicine and his discovery of a recent textbook in Russian, his superiors requested him to translate it. In the process of preparing the translation, he was introduced to John F. Fulton, Sterling professor of physiology at Yale School of Medicine. Steiman's translation, The Fundamentals of Aviation Medicine, was published in Torono in 1943. In 1944, on Fulton's initiative, Steiman was posted to work with the aeromedical research unit at Yale. After the war, Steiman moved to Vancouver where he practiced medicine, translated other medical works from Russian, and wrote on the history of medicine.
Title
Guide to the Iser Steiman Papers
Author
Finding aid by Toby A. Appel
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Medical Historical Library, Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library Repository

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