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Bethune's painting: 'The TB's Progress'

In China, he's been a national hero since his death in 1939. But in his birthplace of Canada Dr. Norman Bethune was virtually unknown until the 1970s. His communist beliefs and unorthodox personality made him a controversial figure in Canada. His medical accomplishments, however, are irrefutable. Bethune cared for the wounded in wartorn Spain and China, and in the process revolutionized military medicine.

Besides being a renowned physician, Norman Bethune was also an art enthusiast.  In this 1975 clip, Barbara Frum learns about the mysterious disappearance of Bethune's mural, "The TB's Progress." 
Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Nov. 11, 1975
Guest(s): Wayne Colwell, Michael Lambeth
Host: Barbara Frum, Alan Maitland
Duration: 6:35

Last updated: July 12, 2013

Page consulted on December 5, 2013

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