Retrato de Norman Bethune
Person - Bethune, Norman (1890-1939)

Bethune, Norman (1890-1939)

Identification

Type:

Person

Preferred form:

Bethune, Norman (1890-1939)Other forms

Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Gravenhurst (Ontario, Canada)  1890-03-03 - 1939-11-12

History:

He was a Canadian doctor. He studied Medicine and he served as a doctor on the battlefield. Later on, he was the owner of a clinic in Detroit and in 1926 he worked as a surgeon at the Montreal Hospital Royal Victoria. He joined the Russian Communist Party in 1935 after visiting Russia. One year later, he travelled to Spain in order to serve the Second Republic as a doctor in the Spanish Civil War. He created the "Instituto Hispano-Canadiense de Transfusión de Sangre"

Spanish-Canadian institute for Blood Transfusions

and, little by little, he extended his activity to other fronts. In February 1937 he moved to Malaga after its fall in order to help with the evacuation. During this year, the Canadian Communist Party asked him to head back to Canada and, once he was there, he started to raise funds in order to finance the medical service during the Spanish Civil War. However, not so much time had passed since he moved to China to help the Red Army involved in the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) of World War II. He died before time because of an infection contracted while working in 1939.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939

 
World War, 1939-1945

Date of the event: 1939 - 1945

 
World War, 1914-1918

Date of the event: 1914 - 1918

 

Occupations

Profession (carried on by):

Physicians

Activity:

Scientists

Places

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Gravenhurst (Ontario, Canada) in 1890-03-03

Lugar de Defunci¾n:

China in 1939-11-12

Subjects

(Function) He/She carries out/ perform:

Sanidad militar

(Function) He/She carries out/ perform:

Humanitarian assistance

Related Authorities

Associative relations :

Brigadas Internacionales  (He/She is a member of)

Instituto Hispano-Canadiense de Transfusión de Sangre (Sanidad Militar, Madrid)  (He/She is the founder of)

Korvin, Charles (1907-1998)  (He/She/It collaborated with)

Sise, Hazen E. (1906-1974)  (He/She/It collaborated with)

External Links

Catálogo de Autoridades:

VIAF

Fichero de Autoridades:

Biblioteca Nacional de Espa±a

Documents

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