Canadian Doctor in China: Dr. Norman Bethune
Norman Bethune was born in 1890 in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
He became a doctor and worked in Montreal. Later he travelled
to Europe to assist in the fight against fascism during the
Spanish Civil War.
Then, in 1938, Dr. Bethune joined a small number of Western
physicians who were working in China. At that time, China
and Japan were at war. It was in China that Bethune became
a "hero" to the Chinese people.
Bethune liked to work near the fighting. He invented the
idea of a portable hospital. This allowed the location of
the hospital to change when the location of the fighting changed.
If you have seen the television show M*A*S*H, it is about
one of these Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals.
Bethune died in 1939 in China, where he worked as a surgeon
and trained doctors.
To learn more about Dr. Bethune, try this lesson.