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Dr. Henry Norman Bethune 1890-1939

Dr. Henry Norman Bethune 1890-1939

Photos by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted July, 2017

Henry Norman Bethune Dr. Henry Norman Bethune 1890-1939

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Plaque Location

The District of Muskoka
The Town of Gravenhurst
On the northwest corner of
John Street North and Hughson Street
a block west of Muskoka Road North (Road 18)

Coordinates: N 44 55.228 W 79 22.564


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Plaque Text

An internationally-famed humanitarian, surgeon and revolutionary, Bethune was born in this house. He graduated from the University of Toronto's medical school during the First World War and saw extensive service in that conflict. While at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital 1929-33, he gained widespread recognition as a thoracic surgeon. Increasing concern with social and political issues took him to Spain in 1936 where he organized Canadian medical aid for the Loyalist troops and set up the world's first mobile blood transfusion unit. Two years later he went to China and until his death worked tirelessly as a surgeon and medical adviser with the 8th Route National Revolutionary Army. He is buried in the Mausoleum of Martyrs, Shih Cha Chuang, China.

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Henry Norman Bethune 1890-1939


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> Posted September 11, 2009
He is an amazing man.

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