Collection Number: 40497

Collection Title: Arnold Shamaskin Medical Notebooks, 1907-1909

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 8 items)
Abstract Class notes and sketches, 1907-1909, kept by tuberculosis expert Arnold Shamaskin while he was a student at the University of North Carolina School of Basic Medical Science.
Creator Shamaskin, Arnold, 1883-1963.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Arnold Shamaskin Medical Notebooks #40497, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received February 2019 from Ronald Shamaskin (RT 20190226.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Arnold Shamaskin (1883-1963) was a student of medicine at the University of North Carolina from 1907 to 1909. He was born in Slonim Russia and immigrated with his family to New York City in the early 1900s. He moved to North Carolina after a friend settled there and indicated the area was welcoming to Jews. He enrolled in the University's School of Basic Medical Science in 1907. As a student, he belonged to the Dialectic Society and won the Harris Prize in Anatomy. After graduating, he worked for a year to save money for school, then continued his education at Bellevue Medical College (now part of New York University) in New York City. He received his M.D. from Bellevue in 1912. Shamaskin was a captain in the Medical Corps with the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I. From 1921 to 1924, he was affiliated with the United States Public Health Service, and went on to leadership positions at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Rutland Heights, Massachusetts, the Montefiore Sanatorium in Bedford Hills, New York, and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois before retiring in 1951. He was an expert on tuberculosis and related diseases and in 1936 was a United States delegate to the International Congress on Tuberculosis in Warsaw, Poland.

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The collection consists of 8 notebooks of class notes and sketches kept by Shamaskin during his time at the University of North Carolina.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Coggins, February 2019

Encoded by: Laura Smith, March 2019

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