Norman Bethune Biography

Norman Bethune
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Birthday: March 3, 1890

Nationality: Canadian

Died At Age: 49

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Henry Norman Bethune

Born Country: Canada

Born in: Gravenhurst, Canada

Famous as: Physician

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father: Rev. Malcolm Nicolson Bethune

mother: Elizabeth

siblings: Janet, Malcolm

Died on: November 12, 1939

place of death: Tang County, Baoding, China

discoveries/inventions: Developing Mobile Medical Units

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education: University of Toronto

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Who was Norman Bethune?

Norman Bethune was a great physician who dedicated his services for the welfare of humanity. His works were focused mainly on the poor in Canada. He is known best for his service during the World War I. He is revered as a unique personality in the history of medicine, owing to the materialization of the concept of ‘mobile medical unit’ into realization. He deployed his efforts, skills and prodigious energy in teaching, inventing surgical instruments and encouraging social justice. Some of the surgical tools developed by him are used in surgeries even now. Norman Bethune was a dynamic person and an inspirational figure who did his best to save other’s life. Bethune is still remembered in Canada as a medical genius, while in China he is revered as a saint. His enduring medical achievements made him a hero in the People’s Republic of China. Read more to find out about this renowned personality in medicine.

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