Norman Bethune, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Norman Bethune

Canadian physician, medical innovator and humanitarian

Date of Birth: 03-Mar-1890

Place of Birth: Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada

Date of Death: 12-Nov-1939

Profession: teacher, physician, surgeon

Nationality: Canada

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Norman Bethune

  • Henry Norman Bethune (; March 3, 1890 – November 12, 1939; Chinese: ??·???·???; pinyin: Henglì Nuò’ermàn Báiqiú’en) was a Canadian physician and medical innovator.
  • Bethune came to international prominence first for his service as a frontline surgeon supporting the Republican faction during the Spanish Civil War.
  • But it was his service with the Communist Eighth Route Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War that would earn him enduring acclaim.
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  • Bethune effectively brought modern medicine to rural China and often treated sick villagers as much as wounded soldiers.
  • His selfless commitment made a profound impression on the Chinese people, especially CPC's leader, Mao Zedong.
  • Mao wrote a eulogy to him, which was memorized by generations of Chinese people.
  • Bethune is credited for saving millions of Chinese soldiers and civilians during the Second-Sino Japanese War, and is known worldwide as one of the most influential doctors of all-time. While Bethune was the man responsible for developing a mobile blood-transfusion service for frontline operations in the Spanish Civil War, he himself died of blood poisoning.
  • A prominent communist and veteran of the First World War, he wrote that wars were motivated by profits, not principles.
  • Statues in his honour can be found in cities throughout China.

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