Old Photos: A Day in Life of a Soviet Medical Student

These photos are interesting to me because my Father was going through the medical school about the same time (1963) and some of the situations are similar to what I have in our own photo albums.

Medical student Nelya Spiridonova standing beside bust of Nikita S. Khrushchev exhibit in Irkutsk.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Medical student Nelya Spiridonova examining blood specimen in Irkutsk.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Medical student Nelya Spiridonova (R) examining patient under supervision of teacher.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Medical student Nelya Spiridonova (R) listening to patient's heart in Irkutsk.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Evdokia Nelnikova teaching class at Neurological Clinic in Irkutsk.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

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© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Medical student, Nelya Spiridonova, at theater.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Medical student Nelya Spiridonova (R) waiting to buy candy in Irkutsk.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Medical student Nelya Spiridonova waiting to buy candy.

Nelya Spiridonova (C) lunching w. other Russian medical students.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Medical student Nelya Spiridonova shopping in Irkutsk.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Medical student Nelya Spiridonova buying a lottery ticket in Irkutsk.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Nelya Spiridonova and other medical students watering plants in dorm room.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Dorm.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Medical student Nelya Spiridonova cramming for mid-term exam in study hall at Irkutsk Medical College.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Nelya Spiridonova (L) w. Valeri Shipiov (R) at art exhibit museum in Irkutsk.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

Medical student Nelya Spiridonova (C) strolling w. other medical students along the Angara River.© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

© Time Inc. Stan Wayman

  • Hyperblogal

    I’d be curious to know what became of her.

    • I searched in a few places, didn’t find anything. She has to be in her 70’s now.

  • I Travel for Jools

    Brains, beauty and talent….what a combo.

  • Grace

    Our pediatrician in NYC was an Iranian who trained in Moscow in the 1980s. Interesting all the alliances and foreign study arrangements back in the old sociopolitical dynamics. Like North Koreans who trained in Poland back when it was all Communist Bloc.  

    • That’s true, we had a lot of Cubans, Egyptians, various African nationalities studying in my city. And Kim Chong Il was born in Russia.