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Memorable Manitobans: Hyman David Isaacs (1900-1998)


Born at Brynmawr, Breconshire, Wales on 26 February 1900, son of Sandel Isaacs and Cecilia Dror, brother of J. M. Isaacs, he was educated at the Brynmawr County School. He came to Winnipeg in 1916 and entered the Manitoba Medical College from which he graduated in 1922, winning the Alumni Gold Medal, the Chown Prize, and several scholarships. From 1921 to 1922, he was House Surgeon to the Winnipeg General Hospital then he started a general medical practice, also serving as an Anaesthetist to the Children’s Hospital for a year, a Demonstrator of Anatomy to the Medical Faculty (1925), and Medical Officer to the Hebrew Sick Benefit Society. In 1925, he lived at 360 Selkirk Avenue.

He later moved to London, England where, in 1934, he changed his name to David Hugh Sandell. In April 1935, he married Jessie Dora Magnus. He practised medicine in Harley Street, and authored the book How Parents Can Decide the Sex of Their Child (1938). He died on 18 October 1998.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

This profile was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Keith Jones.

Page revised: 17 June 2012

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