Dr. Isidore Shulman, 71, a Washington physician for more than 40 years who had served in the Army Medical Corps in Europe and Africa in World War II, died of cancer Thursday at Sibley Memorial Hospital. 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.

Dr. Shulman was a life member of the D.C. Medical Society, the Jacobi Society, the American Society of Internal Medicine and Woodmount Country Club in Rockville.

He was a trustee of Beth Sholom Congregation here and a longtime member of B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy, and a daughter, Dana, both of Bethesda; a son, Paul, of Kensington; a brother, Max L., of New York City, and a sister, Ethel Weiss of Kensington.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions of Beth Sholom Congregation in Washington or B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville.