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Dr Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute

School History

Henry Norman Bethune (1890 –1939) a Canadian physician and medical innovator, is best known for his service in medical units during the Spanish Civil War and the Second Sino-Japanese War. During the Spanish Civil War in 1936, he pioneered mobile blood transfusion services to bring donated blood to those wounded in battle. Bethune left for China in 1938 where he established teaching and nursing hospitals and developed mobile medical services and led mobile units through the mountains on horseback.