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Norman Bethune

PLA Daily 2005-07-26

Norman Bethune

Norman Bethune is an internationalist soldier, member of the Canadian Communist Party and a well-known thoracic surgeon. In 1938 he arrived in China with medical supplies and worked with the Eighth Route Army, under the leadership of Mao Zedong and the Communist Party of China.

He set up a mobile hospital and operated on soldiers close to the battlefield. His work helped save the lives of thousands and impacted China's struggle against the invading Japanese army.

In late 1939, aged 49, he died of blood poisoning in Tangxian's Huangshikou Village after pricking his finger with a needle during surgery.

In December 1939, Mao wrote an article "In Memory of Norman Bethune," as a tribute to the doctor, and calling on the Chinese people to learn from his example.

Norman Bethune

Bethune is performing the operation on a wounded soldier. 

Norman Bethune

This is the surgical scissors Bethune ever used. 

Norman Bethune

Bethune is inspecting the wounded soldiers in the mobile hospital. 

Norman Bethune

Mao Zedong's epigraph for Bethune: Learn from Bethune. 

Norman Bethune

Bethune is at the frontline of the Eighth Route Army. 

Norman Bethune

Bethune (left), He Long (middle) and Bethune's assistant in southwestern Shanxi 

Norman Bethune

Bethune at work