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Henry Norman Bethune 1890-1939

Henry Norman Bethune

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2009

Henry Norman Bethune

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2009

Henry Norman Bethune

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted July, 2017


Dr. Henry Norman Bethune 1890-1939

Photo Source - Wikipedia Commons

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

Born in Gravenhurst, Bethune studied medicine in Toronto. He made significant contributions to thoracic surgery in Montréal hospitals, and became a strong advocate of socialized medicine. In 1936-37, during the Spanish Civl War, he led a Canadian medical team which, while serving with the Republican forces, pioneered the use of mobile blood transfusion services. He subsequently worked as a battlefield surgeon and medical adviser with the forces of Mao Tse-tung. After his death at the war front, on November 12, 1939, he became a national hero in China.

Another plaque at this location
Dr. Henry Norman Bethune 1890-1939


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Gravenhurst Plaques

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