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  • Norman Bethune’s mobile blood transfusions

    Irving Rosen Toronto, Ontario, Canada   Canadian Blood Transfusion Unit which operated during the Spanish Civil War. Dr. Norman Bethune is at the right. c. 1936–1937, Spain. From the Library and Archives Canada. Public domain. Norman Bethune was born in Ontario’s cottage country in 1895 to missionary parents who influenced him to try to improve…

  • Dr. Norman Bethune: A tale of military heroism

    Satish Saroshe Indore, India   A frontline surgeon, noted medical innovator, and early proponent of universal health care, Henry Norman Bethune was best known for his services in World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and above all for selfless work in war-torn China, treating sick Chinese villagers and wounded soldiers. He was one of…